3-28-2012Chapel Hill council bans cell-phone use while driving
Talking on a cell phone while driving in Chapel Hill becomes illegal June 1.
The town became the first in the nation to pass an ordinance outlawing talking on both hand-held and hands-free cell phones while driving. After two years of discussion on the issue, the council voted 5-4 Monday night.
Council member Laurin Easthom clarified that it does outlaw talking on all types of phones while driving, including wireless systems in new cars.
"If you have a Bluetooth, if you have a relatively new car with a dashboard that allows you to talk wirelessly, you can't use it," she said.
After the vote, she said that the town needs to put signs alerting motorists to the ban at every major road entrance into town.
Evanston, Illinois, has a ban on hands-held cell phones while driving and is currently considering banning hands-free as well
Evanston fines people $50 per offense, up to $200 if a person using a cellphone gets into an accident.