Chapel Hill Takes Lead in Banning Cell Phone Use When Driving

Recently the city of Chapel Hill, North Carolina voted to ban all use of cell phones while driving. This includes any task–texting, talking on a hand-held device and hands-free.

The ban goes into effect on June 1, 2012 and is the first complete cell phone ban in the United States.

This follows the recommendation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) for national ban on all cell phone use, due to the distraction from the conversation itself.

Talking on a hand-held cellphone while driving is banned in 9 states and text messaging is banned for all drivers in 35 states and the District of Columbia.

See www.iihs.org/laws/cellphonelaws.aspx for details of the laws in each state.

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