Talking on the phone while driving? That may soon be illegal in NC

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Chatting on your cell phone while driving without using a hands-free device may soon cost you. 

Under a bill introduced this week, 'HB 144' Hands Free NC, North Carolina drivers could be assessed a $100 fine if they're convicted of talking on the phone while driving. 

The bill states drivers could face a $150 fine and could be assessed one insurance point by the state's Rate Bureau if they're caught and convicted a second time within 36 months. 

If passed, the bill would go into effect in 2020. It still needs approval from the House, Senate, and governor to become law. For more information on this bill, please click here