Written by administrator on February 20th, 2012
Chapel Hill seeks input on cellphone ban
News from News & Observer:
CHAPEL HILL — You can weigh in Monday on a proposal to ban talking on a cellphone while driving.
The Chapel Hill Town Council is considering a proposal to ban hand-held phone calls or both hand-held and hands-free calls while driving. The ordinance would apply to all streets town-wide, including state-owned roads.
The council previously looked at banning talking on the phone while driving on town-owned roads, but council members said that would confuse drivers because many main roads in Chapel Hill such as Franklin Street are state-owned.
Those caught talking on the phone while driving would be fined $ 25. Exceptions would be made for emergency calls to a law-enforcement agency, health-care provider or emergency room.
Former council member Joe Capowski asked for the ban last year, but the town deferred as the state considered a ban. Chapel Hill would be the first town in North Carolina to enact such a ban.
Texting while driving is currently illegal in North Carolina.
Karen Turner’s brother was killed in August 2010 by a driver who was texting behind the wheel. Turner, who lives in Asheville, supports banning all cellphone use while driving and plans to tell her brother’s story to the council Monday night.
Joel Severson, 39, was on his way to work on his motorcycle…………… continues on News & Observer
Is Your Cell Phone Making You a Jerk?
News from TIME:
Cell phones connect you socially, but they may also make you less socially minded.
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Cell phones keep us socially connected, but new research suggests they actually reduce users’ social consciousness. In fact, the study showed that cell phone use was linked to more selfish behavior.
Researchers from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business found that after a short period of cell phone use, people were less likely to partake in “prosocial” behavior — actions that are intended to help another person or society — compared with a control group. For example, after using a cell phone, study participants were more likely to turn down volunteer opportunities and were less persistent in completing word problems, even though they knew their answers would provide money…………… continues on TIME
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