Cell Phone Law Email Is False

A viewer forwarded an email to WITN Wednesday that she said was circulating around her system. The email's title is "Wireless Telephone North Carolina Laws FAQs." It goes on to explain changes in to North Carolina law that prohibit drivers from talking on a cell phone while driving, unless they use a hands-free device. The email is quite detailed about the new law, including penalties for breaking it.

WITN checked with the North Carolina General Assembly's website and found no such law is scheduled to take effect. We also did a quick internet search of "(VC) 23123)." That is one of the terms in the email that refers to the new "law." The search results took us directly to California's Department of Motor Vehicles website.

There are currently laws in North Carolina prohibiting cell phone use for some drivers. Drivers under the age of 18 may not use a cell phone behind the wheel, with the exception to call their parents or law enforcement. Bus Drivers are also not permitted to speak on cell phones while driving.

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  • by Kevin Location: Greensboro on Jul 15, 2008 at 06:17 AM
    I could care less if someone is using there cell phone as long as they dont let it affect there driving I use my speakerphone or bluetooth while im driving for the simple fact that I drive a stick but either way I will have to say I wish more people used there headsets and please people stop text messaging while driving
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Greenville on Jun 30, 2008 at 05:41 PM
    Too bad as so many people get on there cell phones then impede traffic because they are driving 10-15 below the speed limit.
  • by Jennifer Location: Jacksonville on Jun 30, 2008 at 03:21 PM
    Thanks! Just wanted to make sure before tomorrow! That e-mail sure looked and sounded official. Seems like it got around pretty quickly!
  • by Barbara Location: Midland, NC on Jun 18, 2008 at 06:24 AM
    found your site thru Google while looking for info on the email going around re: cell phone useage by drivers upcoming law. Glad to find some place to check out scams! Thanks!
  • by RGW Location: Charlotte on Jun 5, 2008 at 06:41 AM
    I hate that the email got out. I just bought a blue tooth because of it
  • by Lisa Location: Washington on May 28, 2008 at 05:17 PM
    Thank you so much for your research on this. We have a lady at work who believe's every email she gets no matter where it comes from with out doing the research and she informs everyone she comes around. Then if you ask her where she would get the information she goes off kilter. Thank you. We are all tired of the high tea drama. Maybe this will get her to think twice before she relays information with out checking to see if it is right. Thank You for being on top of your game again.
  • by Gail Location: Vass, NC on May 14, 2008 at 05:25 AM
    I think, as with any convenience tool we own, we should use it responsibly.....if it is an emergency call it is nice to have the cell phone. If it is a long call why not just pull over? I have seen more dangerous drivers with a Big Mac and a beverage in their hands while at the wheel......what was that person thinking??? Just use common sense and don't abuse what can be a very useful tool.
  • by Sutton Location: Kinston on May 7, 2008 at 06:01 PM
    Shame it's false!!! Driving while talking on the phone is impaired driving.

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  • by David Location: Manteo on Apr 30, 2008 at 01:39 PM
    I also talk on my cell phone while driving. Most of the time is when someone calls me. And if I know its going to be an extended conversation, I will either pull over or just pull into the right lane and allow the faster traffic to pass without hesitation. I stay the correct speed though. That texting stuff is difficult enough sitting in my living room, never mind attempting it behind the wheel. LOL. I dont know how anyone can attempt to text and drive at the same time. But,I have seen women putting on makeup and fixing their hair while driving. Tourists taking pictures with cameras while driving. I saw one person changing clothes on the main highway going through Dare County while driving. And the subject of cellphones seems to make the cut as the topic? I agree that allot of people take advantage of doing things behind the wheel of their vehicle that should've been done before ever getting into the car. But, if we are going to talk about one, we should talk about them all..
  • by Jane Location: Mocksville on Apr 28, 2008 at 05:48 PM
    You can not tell me that it is safe to drive and manipulate a hand held phone at the same time. My husband is on the highways everyday. Numerous of times he tells me of the people that cut him off doing 75-80 mph to get around him them brakes to slow down to dail or textmessage on their phones. Several with near misses. Only today did he see a lady trying to manipulate her phone caused a driver behind her to flip his truck 4 time. Know one can convince me that it is safe to drive while talking on a hand held phone. It will never pass in the legislation because all of them use theirs while driving. I think phones of anytype should be outlawed in use while driving no matter how experenced of a driver you are. We lived without them before.
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