Text-messaging ban for NC drivers sought in House

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 1, 2009

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) ó Several House lawmakers say banning drivers from text messaging would create safer roads in North Carolina even though enforcement might be difficult.

Rep. Garland Pierce of Scotland County said Tuesday a bill he’s filed would serve as a deterrent by making clear that texting is a distraction and can result in accidents. Pierce and others spoke at a Legislative Building news conference.

The bill would make texting punishable by up to a $100 fine and court costs. No driver’s license points or insurance penalties would be issued. Emergency personnel would be exempt from the ban.

Pierce said it may be difficult to catch violators but said the bill would help educate the public.

The state already makes it illegal for drivers under age 18 to use a cell phone.