New Texting While Driving Law Starts Up December 1

Starting soon, North Carolina drivers who text behind the wheel will need to pull over to avoid fines.

Multiple media outlets report Saturday that the state's ban on sending text messages while driving goes into effect Dec. 1. Violations could cost drivers $100 in fines.

The new law makes it illegal to text or read any e-mail or text message while driving, and fines are higher for school bus drivers caught in the act.

But the law only applies to the driver while the vehicle is moving, not when it's stopped or parked. Police officers and other safety officials are also exempt.

More than a dozen states already ban texting while driving, and a South Carolina lawmaker has introduced similar legislation.


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  • by Chasidy Location: Fayetteville NC on Dec 1, 2009 at 10:16 AM
    Things just don't surprise me anymore. I agree that things are getting stupid around here. The problem with people driving, in a hurry to go NOWHERE and there are too many other distractions other than 'texting' such as: Allowing for TV's in a car with videogames, Changing the radio or looking for a CD, Eating, Talking on your cell phone, Reading (books and newspapers), Putting on Make up, Parents trying to control or feed the kids while driving. Those are just a few to say the least. But what about those distractions? I just don't know how they focused on "just texting" That's crazy! And seriously how are they gonna know who is 'TEXTING'? What if I was playing on my IPOD or calling someone? Now for my biggest concern: Why in the HELL are the cops exempt from this? They are the worst most distracted people. THEY HAVE A COMPUTER IN THE CAR!! C'mon! AND WHAT IN THE WORLD DOES AN OFFICER NEED TO READ AND REPLY TO A TEXT MESSAGE ANYWAY! Isn't that what their RADIOS are for???? DUH!
  • by KMJ Location: Lenoir Co on Nov 30, 2009 at 06:28 AM
    I guess I am old (29) but it is so much easier to talk on a phone than to pick at my phone's keyboard.
  • by whatever on Nov 30, 2009 at 06:20 AM
    To me this just shows how stupid things are getting around here. Okay I dont like that people text but really there are things you can do that are just as bad while driving. So are they going to make a law for everything?????? It wouldnt be much news to me if they did say no more eating while driving or something I mean come on. I just dont see how they can see you texting unless its being done in plain sight. Maybe the people who make these laws should pay more attention to other things happening. And to Robert H all I have got to say to you is your out of your mind. There is nothing wrong with a guy texting. Its another way to communicate with someone. Not to different from email. So save people time and dont comment on that stuff anymore.
  • by Melissa Location: Kinston on Nov 30, 2009 at 04:19 AM
    And they should ban every other distraction too. Law enforcement has better things to do than pull every person over who is texting.
  • by Ken Location: Martin Cty on Nov 29, 2009 at 07:32 PM
    What about the idiots that read books and newspapers while driving. They are reading text although not typing it. They are just as distracted as the ones on the phone. Why are people so addicted to texting anyway. The phone companies are making a 'killing' on texting. Read the report that explains how much it actually costs them for you to send a text msg versus talking on the phone. Their profit range is astronomical for text msgs. I find it much easier to just call and talk. And if a person can't talk right now.....wait until they can.
  • by dayquon Location: pylmouth on Nov 29, 2009 at 06:07 PM
    i tex when drive i good texer to not got any thign with be police i like be apatrole some day an i wuld tex to upholt the laws when i police ok thnaks dayquon
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Nov 29, 2009 at 02:36 PM
    How in the world does a driver 'text message' on a cell phone while driving, and keep their eyes on the road??? How, while driving??? Please inform me. This is one of the more rediculous developments of the 21st Century(texting while driving), I have ever seen. Perhaps, the DMV should create a new driver's test that asks questions of the prospective driver, such as, "Do you perform other activities in your car, while driving?", and deduct points when getting a license, based on the answers?? What is the real answer?
  • by Randy R. Location: Hoebucken on Nov 29, 2009 at 01:51 PM
    Now if they could git them wimmin off the roads too it would be even safer to drive. Specially them single moms they reachin in the back seat of there minivan tryin to feed them kids some happy meal. Concentrate on the road woman!!
  • by Robert Humberstone, Sr. Location: NC on Nov 29, 2009 at 01:49 PM
    It's the continual feminization of America. Turnin grown men into sissies with their little gossipy lives and shiny gadgets. It's startin young. I seen teenage boys in the store the other day all wearin' tight, women's petite jeans and pink or purple tennis shoes. Of course they were all sittin around on their jobless behinds playing text messages on them phones. Looked like a bunch of pansies. A real man would smash them things to bits with a 12 lb. dead blow sledge. Not parade around town like he's fashionable, pressing little petite buttons. Probably typing to some woman, she wants to know where he is, he's on the electronic leash.
  • by I agree on Nov 29, 2009 at 01:13 PM
    That texting is not the only distraction. There are alot of distractions while driving on the road. Men looking at women walking. Women looking at men. Eating, drinking, turning the radio, looking down for a second, talking on the phone , and talking to someone else in the car along with other things. I have personally done all of these things. I have even text while driving. And probably will still do it. ACCIDENTS HAPPEN PEOPLE. IT IS A PART OF LIFE PEOPLE. Some of you must walk everywhere or ride bikes that can still cause accidents if you wander in the road. If there was a law for everything some of us would not have license including you Robert Humberstone, Sr. Mr. perfect. NOT!!!!
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