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House Bill Prohibits Cell Phone Use by School Bus Drivers

Posted May 16, 2007
Updated May 17, 2007

— The North Carolina House passed a bill Wednesday to make it illegal for drivers to talk on cell phones while driving a school bus.

House Bill 183, which was sponsored by more than two dozen lawmakers, also prohibits bus drivers from using other electronic devices while driving.

The bill includes cameras or other handheld devices that provides access to the Internet and e-mail. However, bus drivers can use the phones during emergency situations.

The House bill now moves to the state Senate for debate.


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  • Teejae May 17, 2007

    Having been a passenger with drivers using both regular cell pgones and the hands-free ones, I have not seen any signifuicant difference in their distraction from the road while trying to hold their conversations.

  • pclifton May 17, 2007

    An old instructor of mine, LT Mark Monturo, was fond of spitting this line regularly: "If common sense were really that common, we wouldn't need a special name for it, would we?"

  • Z Man May 17, 2007

    Why do we need a law, isn't this simply common sense?