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Old 05-07-2007, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Baltimore...for now!
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Default Cell phone usage in NC and SC

I am moving to the area the end of May (YEAH!!!!!!). I will be working in NC and living in SC...so is it illegal to talk on your cell phone and drive in either state? Please, no lectures on whether we "should"...cuz most do it!!!
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Old 05-07-2007, 05:45 PM
 
Location: East of NECKVILLE
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NC is going to ban it but has not as of yet? It might be best to use hands free?
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Old 05-07-2007, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Suburban Buffalo, NY
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As far as I know there are no bans in NC. In my opinion even if they do institute a ban, there aren't enough law enforcement officers to crack down.

Personally, I don't normally talk on my cell when I drive. However, everyone is different.
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Old 05-07-2007, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Union County, NC
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As far as I know there are no bans in NC. In my opinion even if they do institute a ban, there aren't enough law enforcement officers to crack down.

Personally, I don't normally talk on my cell when I drive. However, everyone is different.
Cell phone bans are typically secondary offenses. More officers wouldn't be needed.

SL
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Old 05-07-2007, 06:16 PM
 
Location: South Charlotte
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No ban here.

I think thats one of the first questions that I've been receiving as of late!!
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Old 05-07-2007, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Suburban Buffalo, NY
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SL - I don't know what a secondary offense means? Could you elborate?
I know there aren't enough police where I live to crack down on cell phones.
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Old 05-07-2007, 06:41 PM
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Location: The 12th State
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what he means by secondary offense is for instance you rear end someone the primary offense is you was following to closely and the secondary is talking on cell phone .

My cell phone provider has informed me that a non hands free cellphone ban will be starting soon in NC
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Old 05-07-2007, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Union County, NC
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I erred in my first statement anyway due to my Jersey frame of reference. Apparently most states that enact jurisdiction wide handheld cell phone bans have it on the books as a primary offense. Only three states (as far as I can tell), Jersey included, have made it a secondary offense, like seatbelt laws. In other words, you can't be pulled over for the offense but you could be pulled over for speeding, and then ticketed for both the speeding and for using a handheld device. The key here is you have to be stopped for another infraction.

XNYgirl, I doubt there are many places that have enough law enforcement to crack down on people using handheld devices. Anyway, has it ever been proven that hands free devices are any safer? Isn't it the conversation itself that is distracting the driver? Or maybe the coffee he just spilled in his lap?

And how about the kids arguing in the backseat? Or the animated dicussion with another passenger? Or putting on eyeliner? Or reading the newspaper (you're from NY, I KNOW you've seen this one! I saw it all the time driving on the turnpike!)?

Sorry, I digress. Thankfully, Charlottean was kind enough to actually answer the question!

SL

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Old 05-07-2007, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Union County, NC
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This is the best I came up with on this topic from an article dated December 1, 2006.

According to the article, as of December 1, 2006, "The new state law prohibits drivers under the age of 18 to talk on the phone while driving, except during emergencies or when talking to their parents, guardians or spouse. North Carolina is the latest state to pass legislation that restricts cell phone use among certain drivers, primarily teens and school-bus drivers."

http://www.physorg.com/news84205850.html

SL
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