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More cell phone limits in car debated by NC House

RALEIGH — The latest effort to limit distracted drivers mashing down cell phone buttons or checking smartphone screens may split the top leaders in the North Carolina Legislature.

A House judiciary committee scheduled debate today on a measure that would make using a cell phone while driving illegal in North Carolina unless the motorist used a hands-free device. Fines would be $100 or more. State law currently prohibits texting while driving for everyone. Those under 18 and driving aren’t supposed to use the phone at all.

House Speaker Thom Tillis of Cornelius said this week he’s open to further restrictions because there’s compelling data about distracting driving, combined with the injuries it can cause. Senate leader Phil Berger of Eden said he’s generally opposed additional restrictions on cell phones while driving.

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