New Laws Re: No Texting & License Plate Covers

Posted by Christopher Shumate | Dec 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

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.

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Christopher Shumate

Mr. Chris Shumate is a native of Gastonia, North Carolina, and worked various jobs while pursuing his undergraduate and Juris Doctor education, including several heavy manual labor and skilled trade positions. In his practice, Mr. Shumate often encounters circumstances where these prior experiences are helpful in representing you. Upon graduating law school from the University of South Carolina, Mr. Shumate joined one of the Carolinas' larger defense firms, where he represented a diverse set of employers and insurance companies in civil cases and workers' compensation claims across the Carolinas. Chris utilized this experience to obtain a working knowledge of the insurance industry, and build personal contacts used today in representing you. Mr. Shumate ultimately decided he wanted to focus his law practice on assisting those who have been injured, and doing so with the focus on a personal relationship that is uncommon in the bigger firms. Mr. Shumate's also has a passion for assisting those facing the challenges of the criminal legal system. By representing individuals in a variety of criminal and traffic matters, Mr. Shumate works to achieve the best possible result for each client regardless of the charges levied by the prosecution. Chris has tirelessly pursued his mission of helping people from all walks of life throughout the Carolinas with a variety of legal matters. If you are interested in learning more about Chris Shumate and The Shumate Law Offices, please contact us at 704.371.5059. We look forward to assisting you to achieve a positive result in your legal concern. Education J.D., University of South Carolina B.S., University of South Carolina Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice N.C. State BarS.C. State BarU.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina Professional & Bar Association Memberships N.C. Bar Association S.C. Bar Association Mecklenburg County Bar N.C. Academy Of Trial Lawyers American Association For Justice


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