New Laws Affect Cell Phone Use, Seat Belts

Hang up the phone, buckle your seat belt and get ready for a handful of new laws that North Carolina legislators hope will make the highways safer.

Legislation effective today bars teenagers from talking on their cell phones while they drive. Another new law says back seat passengers must wear seat belts. And more new statutes are meant to make prosecution of drunk driving uniform across North Carolina.

Other legislation that goes into effect today includes a decrease in the sales tax, broader restrictions on sex offenders and rules meant to keep protesters away from military funerals.