N.C. passed a law December 1, 2009 that makes it illegal to text / email while operating your automobile. If caught in the act of driving while texting/emailing, a person may be subject to a $100 fine and court costs. However, no drivers license points or insurance surcharges would be assessed for this violation. Drivers are permitted to send text messages while in their vehicle, only if the car is at a complete stop. Those violating this law while operating a school bus, would be be charged with a Class 2 misdemeanor and fined no less than $100.
N.C. also passed a law December 1, 2009 placing restrictions on rear license plate covers and frames. Drivers pulled over for having an illegal frame will receive a written warning until November 30, 2010. After that date, they will be fined $100.
More concerning from a constitutional standpoint is the fact that this second law has a rather weak basis, which will undoubtedly lead to numerous traffic stops without an appropriate, constitutional basis. Regardless of your position on this issue, it's certainly in your interest to be aware of these two new laws to ensure compliance.