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North Carolina Becomes 14th State to Ban Texting While Driving

The Governors Highway Safety Association hailed Gov. Bev Perdue's signing of her state's new law today. It means in only the first six months of 2009, the number of states with such bans in place has doubled, GHSA says.

North Carolina today became the 14th state to bar motor vehicle drivers from texting as they drive. The Governors Highway Safety Association hailed Gov. Bev Perdue's signing of her state's new law today and said it means in only the first six months of 2009, the number of states with such bans in place has doubled. Washington, D.C., also bans texting while driving.

GHSA said it expects the number of states with this ban to continue growing because more than 200 proposed regulations about distracted driving have been introduced during the 2009 state legislative season. "There's a tremendous amount of interest in state legislatures and the highway safety community in the distracted driving issue. Regardless of the law, texting and driving should not mix. We need to restore some common sense to driving," GHSA Executive Director Barbara Harsha said today.

For a look at current state cell phone and text messaging bans and further information about distracted driving, visit this site.

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