The Hands Free NC Act would ban the use of hand-held cellphones while driving in North Carolina.
The Hands Free NC Act would ban the use of hand-held cellphones while driving in North Carolina. LM Otero AP
The Hands Free NC Act would ban the use of hand-held cellphones while driving in North Carolina. LM Otero AP

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