The laws in North Carolina are beginning to catch up with technology.
On Tuesday, Dec. 1, a new law took effect, which makes it illegal to text message or e-mail on a handheld device or cell phone while driving, N.C. State Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. Al Morris said.
The new law doesn’t prohibit the use of cell phones or handheld devices, Morris said, just text messaging and e-mailing on the devices. If caught text messaging or e-mailing while driving, violators face a $100 fine plus court costs, which Morris said are usually around $130.