Texting ban for N.C. drivers passes Senate committee
RALEIGH. (AP) ó A House bill to ban North Carolina motorists from writing text messages and e-mails while driving has had smooth sailing so far in the Senate.
A Senate judiciary committee agreed Tuesday to the legislation with little debate and sent it on to the appropriations committee. The same committee passed a similar bill weeks ago, but passing the House version gives the ban a better chance of getting to Gov. Beverly Perdue’s desk more quickly.
Supporters say the ban will reduce driver distractions that can lead to highway accidents. Violators could face a $100 fine plus court costs. There are exceptions for police and rescue workers and in some other cases.
The House approved the texting ban by a near-unanimous vote last month.