Chapel Hill, NC -- Chapel Hill town officials are tired of waiting for the state to decide whether to ban cell phone use while driving and will take up the question themselves.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the town council voted Monday to consider a citizen's request to ban cell phone chatting while driving within city limits.
Retired University of North Carolina professor Joe Capowski has been lobbying for such a ban for more than a year.
The council put off action last year in the expectation that state lawmakers would strengthen restrictions on phone use by drivers. But the General Assembly never acted on the bill.
North Carolina drivers already are prohibited from sending text messages while driving. Drivers under 18 are banned from any phone use at all.
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According to highway safety statistics, cell phone use is blamed in 18% of all distracted driver related deaths.
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