Chapel Hill's Cellphone Ban May Have Little Effect

The country's first total cellphone ban for drivers has its supporters, its doubters, and a questionable future in a North Carolina town.

Chapel Hill's town council this week narrowly approved outlawing anyone from using even hands-free phones on town roads.

Harry McLean is a real estate broker and building contractor who uses cellphones heavily as work shuttles him around Chapel Hill. He backs the ban because he's driven past highway exits while involved in a conversation.

Small-business owner Helen Antipov (an-tih-POV) sides with residents who think the ban is a bad idea since her car is her office.

Whether the Chapel Hill law can be enforced is in question. The state Attorney General's Office says the town lacks authority because the state Legislature has started regulating mobile phone use.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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