It is not uncommon for a person to get briefly distracted by his or her phone. The urge to quickly send a message, comment on a Facebook status or check an email is too tempting for some. However, under the state law in North Carolina, drivers who are cited for texting and driving are committing a traffic violation and can be fined. Even if it is just for a second, being distracted while driving can cause serious accidents.
In an informal observational study done by NBC-17, nearly a quarter of drivers were seen either holding a phone or talking on a phone. Based on the information that was collected from 500 drivers that were observed, sources estimated that drivers in North Carolina spend 95 million hours texting while driving.
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