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.