North Carolina begins enforcing a ban on text messaging while driving Tuesday. As for neighboring South Carolina, one legislator has filed a legislation to do the same thing. State Representative Bakari Sellers wants to ban cell phone use while driving.
“My goal is just to make the roads safer. I think we all deserve that and I think those who don’t, that’s pretty selfish on their part,” says Sellers.
Sellers says On-star and blue-tooths will still be available for use while driving, but texting and holding a cell phone in hand will be a violation of law, if passed. Sellers explains one obstacle they need to get through before the legislation is passed: “As legislators we’re more guilty, and that’s going to be the hard part with passing this bill because we all know it’s something that should be done. I have a few collegues who I completely understand, they hate government interference in people’s lives and I completely understand where they come from and they may not be for it, but there’s going to be some who say ‘I can’t live without doing this, I can’t be the one that keeps violating this law,” says Sellers.
More than a dozen states already have banned texting while driving. In North Carolina, violators face up to one hundred dollars in fines.