North Carolina Supreme Court strikes down cellphone law

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The North Carolina Supreme Court has struck down Chapel Hill’s law banning cell phone use while driving.

The Associated Press reported that the justices’ decision Thursday overturned an earlier Court of Appeals ruling.

The court unanimously agreed that state law pre-empted the town’s ability to regulate highways and roads and prohibited the town’s enforcement of the cellphone ban.

The ban went into effect June 1, 2012 and was the first such ban in the state.

State law already bans cellphones for drivers under the age of 18, and reading email and texting is illegal for every driver if his or her vehicle is moving.

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