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We have all seen that person in the lane next to us texting on the phone, eating a burger, and slurping down the soda all while driving with his knees. Maybe we have even been that person ourselves. Not anymore. In N.C. effective December 1, 2009, texting while driving became illegal and is an infraction punishable by a $100 fine and court costs. No license or insurance points can be assessed for a violation. The definition of texting in the law, includes using a mobile phone to read or send electronic mail or text messages. The law does not apply if you are parked or stopped or if you are using a voice operated technology.

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