Those who support a ban on talking on the cell phone while driving will get yet another chance before state lawmakers. A bill has been introduced in the state senate that would ban cell phone use while driving, even hands-free.
Senate Bill 36 is being sponsored by a Charlotte state senator, while Senator Ed Jones of Halifax County, Senator Clark Jenkins of Edgecombe County and Senator Stan White of Dare County are listed as co-sponsors.
If the proposal becomes law, those caught driving while using a cell phone would face a $100 fine. Emergency workers and police, along with people calling 911 during an emergency would be exempt from the law.
A similar bill was introduced in the House, House Bill 31.
There is a separate bill that would permit drivers to use hands-free devices. House Bill 44 would make using a cell phone behind the illegal unless the driver is using a hands-free device. That bill, which is separate from the aforementioned Senate Bill 36, is sponsored by Rep. Garland Pierce. Rep. Marian McLawhorn of Pitt County is co-sponsoring that piece of legislation.