Many people in North Carolina assume that traffic stops are for motorists who speed, run red lights and disregard other traffic laws. Those infractions often only result in tickets, points on driving records and fines. There are some traffic crimes that are much more serious and can result in criminal misdemeanor or felony charges.
That quick "be there soon" or "grab milk" text you send while driving down an empty neighborhood road, at a red light, or even while sitting completely still in traffic, can cost you. Any driver of a motor vehicle in North Carolina is banned from texting-no exceptions. It is considered a primary offense, meaning that a police officer doesn't need to see any other violation going on to pull you over. They can pull you over then and there based only on seeing you texting in the car.
Talking on a cellphone while driving may be a thing of the past since The National Transportation Safety Board has called for a nationwide ban on cellphone use and text-messaging while driving. The NTSB is asking every state to outlaw non-emergency telephone and text use by drivers of all vehicles. One of the NTSB board members views the use of cellphones while driving as the new "DUI" in driver offenses.