Push to change texting and driving law

RALEIGH, N.C. — Proposed legislation could ban drivers in North Carolina from picking up their phones.

“We’ve all come close to getting hit by someone that’s been texting or talking on telephone and not paying attention,” said Phillip Macy, who supports the proposed legislation.

The Brian Garlock bill is named for a Charlotte teen killed when he pulled out in front of a pickup truck five years ago. It’s believed he was distracted by talking to his girlfriend on the phone.

State law already bans texting while driving but next month lawmakers will take a look at forcing everyone to go hands-free. If passed, a hands-free device would be allowed.

A recent Charlotte Observer poll showed most drivers in the state favored the bill. Fourteen states already ban picking up a phone while driving.

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