The Charlotte Observer
is reporting that a law signed this past summer has gone into effect today concerning texting while driving. The law is aimed only at drivers who will be texting while driving or reading messages while driving. The fine is $100 and court costs, but there are no points on your license.
The New York Times
reported that President Obama in September banned texting for all federal employees. Ray LaHood the Transportation secretary was quoted as saying, "sends a very clear signal to the American public that distracted driving is dangerous and unacceptable."
In August Illinois became the 17th state to ban texting while driving as well, joining other states like New Jersey, Connecticut, California and Utah. Many states additional states have banned it for school bus drivers and vehicle operators under the age of 18, as reported by Fox News.
The new North Carolina law also bans surfing the Internet. It does permit you to text or surf while stopped at a stop sign or stop light.
One North Carolina Trooper reported
, "The use of cell phones and texting creates distractions for all drivers especially those that are inexperienced drivers. A teen can create and send a text message in 10 to 15 seconds. Driving 60 mph covers more than 80 feet per second. One text could equal a tenth of a mile that a driver is not paying attention to their driving."