North Carolina: Hands free driving bill clears first step in House despite criticism of limiting personal liberties

A state House bill to ban use of hand-held cellphones and other wireless devices has cleared the first hurdle. House Bill 144, “Hands Free NC,” was introduced Feb. 25. Among the four primary sponsors is Rep. Jon Hardister, R-Guilford. The legislation incorporates the prohibition on texting while driving that became law in 2009…

The bill cleared the House Transportat