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Will new legislation make North Carolina roads safer?

While driving to your destination, you have probably noticed at least once that you were sharing the road with a distracted driver. Perhaps you noticed the car in front of you swerving as the driver tried to respond to a text message. Maybe you were at a red light when you noticed a person eating a full meal or putting on makeup when the light turned green. Distracted driving comes in many forms, and you are likely well aware of how dangerous and unnecessary it is. 

Of course, the most common type of distracted driving is cell phone use. From sending a text to checking Facebook while driving, phones are the leading reason why drivers are not watching the road. In order to combat this problem and make the roads safer for everyone, North Carolina lawmakers are considering measures that will ban the use of all hand-held devices while driving.

Safer roads because of a new law?

Various groups and authorities have spent a significant amount of time researching and implementing measures that will discourage phone use while driving. Recently, state lawmakers expressed support for a plan that could ultimately make it against the law to have your phone in your hand while also operating a vehicle. You may consider the following facts about this proposed legislation:

  • If passed, this new law would mean drivers would not be able to hold phones in their hands, have phones against their bodies, text or watch videos while driving.
  • Violations of the laws could result in fines and increased insurance rates.
  • Adult drivers would be able to use their phones for emergency situations.
  • Adult drivers would be able to able to use their phones for hands-free calls as long as they could start or stop the call with just one push of a button.
  • Drivers under the age of 18 would not be able to use a phone while driving at all unless it is for using a navigational system.
  • Drivers would not be able to hold a phone to text, call or do anything else even while at a stop sign or traffic light. 

Supporters of this bill believe it is one of the steps necessary to reducing the number of traffic deaths and accidents that occur on a regular basis because of distracted driving. 

As a driver, you are probably supportive of any measure that makes the roads safer for you and your family. If you are also a victim of an accident caused by a distracted driver, you know how painful the aftermath of an accident can be. You may find it helpful to seek an explanation of your legal options – it is possible to hold liable parties accountable for their actions through a civil claim.

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