Chapel Hill council members voted 7-2 on February 20, 2012 to continue discussions regarding a cellphone ban while driving. The cellphone ban would prohibit hand-held phone calls while driving, or perhaps even hands-free phone calls. The town ordinance would be in effect for all roads within the town limits, including those that are owned by North Carolina. The ordinance would mandate a $25 fine for violations.
Supporters of the ban argue that it will help combat the dangers of driving and talking on mobile phones simultaneously. Supporters also argue that once violators encounter the $25 fine, they will be more apt to pay attention to their driving. The council will vote on the ban on March 12, 2012.