Cell Phones and Teen Driving

No more teen talk on the cell phone while behind the wheel. That's the aim of a bill considered by a Senate judiciary committee that echoes the warnings of parents everywhere. The bill would levy court costs and an increased supervisory period for drivers under 18 caught talking on the phone, even if they're using a hands-free device. Senator Stan Bingham says the measure will save lives. The Republican from Davidson County is the bill's primary sponsor. The proposal's already gained support from motorist group Triple-A Carolina's, the governor's office and the North Carolina Child Fatality Task Force. Some lawmakers questioned whether the bill was necessary. Others noted their own gabby tendencies in the car and called the bill hypocritical.