News by Dan Seifert on Tuesday March 27, 2012.
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina has become the first town in the U.S. to completely ban the use of a mobile phone while driving, including when the phone is used with a Bluetooth headset or hands-free device.
The law went through two years of debate before becoming official this week. It will take effect June 1. The law explicitly bans the use of mobile phones by drivers of vehicles regardless of whether or not the driver is using a hands-free device.
Many states in the U.S. already have bans on cellphone use while driving, but they allow drivers to talk on the phone as long they can keep both hands on the steering wheel. These bans stimulated the Bluetooth headset and hands-free device industry, as a ticket for driving while using a cellphone can carry a costly fine in most states. [via Gizmodo]
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