New Laws Took Effect Tuesday

People who own reptiles or use cell phones in North Carolina face new restrictions starting Tuesday.

More than 50 new laws approved this year are enforceable starting Dec. 1.

One change expands rules for people who own venomous snakes to include large pythons and crocodiles that aren't native to North Carolina. They must keep or transport these reptiles in secure pens that have locks. A reptile owner could face a high-grade misdemeanor if a reptile isn't handled properly and a stranger or friend dies or suffers a life-threatening injury.

A new ban on texting while driving also could cost violators up to $230 in fines and court costs. Adults can still send and receive phone calls.

Click here for a list of all the laws taking effect in North Carolina in 2009 and January 1, 2010. You'll have to scroll down several pages to find the new laws for December 1.

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