State Dems Go After Cell Phones While Driving

February 10th, 2011 by WendyW Categories: Featured, House Session 2011-2012 One Response

HOUSE BILL 31: Unlawful to Use Mobile Phones While Driving

Two State Democrats have introduced and co sponsored a bill prohibiting the use of cell phones while a car is in motion.

“Offense.  – Except as otherwise provided in this section, no person shall operate a motor vehicle on a public street or highway or public vehicular area while using a mobile telephone or any additional technology associated with a mobile telephone while the vehicle is in motion.”tian xiao cheng

Lets forget going after the texting while driving issue, or mandating hands free devices, they’re going for the jugular! I agree in a perfect world, responsible driving requires undivided attention, and cell phones do have the potential to distract people. However, my kids distract me more while I am driving than my phone does. Not to mention, a person can drive perfectly safe with a hands free device. This bill goes too far. Do we all agree on this?

Representative Garland Pierce (D-Hoke, Robeson, Scotland) and Representative Charles Graham (D-Robeson), our state is facing much bigger issues that affect us much more than this. All this bill looks like is a means to collect additional money in a cash strapped state. How disappointing that instead of working to balance our budget, you appear to be looking for additional ways to take our money away.

Update:

It appears a separate bill was introduced, House Bill 44, that states the mandate of hands free devices. It was Referred to committee named Commerce and Job Development Subcommittee on Science and Technology, if favorable, Transportation, if favorable, Finance on 02/08/2011…

  1. R. Gough says:

    OK…I know I will catch flak on this one, but in my honest opinion if you want to make NC roads safer…..start by teaching people how to drive. True cell phones are a distraction, but I have really seen more stupidity on the roads than people texting or talking.