UH OH! North Carolina proposes to add a more restrictive cell phone law

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by K4KWH, Feb 24, 2019.

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  1. K4KWH

    K4KWH Ham Member QRZ Page

    We just got an exemption last year in a "distracted driving " law, now Kevin Corbin, NC rep. proposes HB 144 with appears to restrict the use of ALL "hand-held" devices. I don't see an exemption to this new proposal for amateur radio. I have written to Mr Corbin for a clarification. Gotta stay on top of this stuff, or we will be unable to operate our radios at all:mad: Geez!:(
     
  2. KJ4VTH

    KJ4VTH Ham Member QRZ Page

    Does the proposed rule include coffee cups? :confused:
     
  3. N0TZU

    N0TZU Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Is there a definition of "hand held device" in the bill? Maybe the definition excludes microphones attached to a permanently installed radio.
     
  4. K1VSK

    K1VSK Ham Member QRZ Page

    I assume you meant “while driving” rather than “at all”.

    Imagine the horror of not playing with a radio while driving. How will people survive the trip?
     
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  5. WJ0TX

    WJ0TX Ham Member QRZ Page

    Wireless communication device. – Any of the following:
    a.
    b.
    A cell phone, personal digital assistant, electronic device with mobile data access, laptop computer, pager, smartwatch, broadband personal communication device, two-way messaging device, electronic game, and portable computing device.
    A device through which personal wireless services as defined in 47
    U.S.C. 332(c)(7)(C)(i) are transmitted.
    Prohibited Conduct. – No person shall operate a motor vehicle under any of the
    (b)
    following circumstances:
    (1) With a wireless communication device in the person's hand.
    (2) While physically holding or supporting a wireless communication device with the person's body.
    (3) While watching a video or movie or communicating by video on a wireless communication device.
    (4) While texting on a wireless communication device.
    (c)
    to any of the following:
    Exceptions. – Subdivisions (1) and (2) of subsection (b) of this section shall not apply
    (1)
    (2)
    (3)
    The use of a wireless communication device affixed, mounted, or installed in a motor vehicle to (i) initiate, answer, or terminate a call by touching a single button, if the person is 18 years or older, or (ii) follow the route recommended by an electronic navigation system so long as all address information is entered before operating the vehicle.
    The use of a wireless communication device for the purpose of communicating an emergency situation to any of the following:
    a. An emergency response operator.
    b. A publicly or privately owned ambulance company or service.
    c. A hospital.
    d. A fire department.
    e. A law enforcement agency.
    The use of a wireless communication device by any of the following while in the performance of official duties:
    a. A law enforcement officer.
    b. A member of a fire department.
    c. The operator of a public or private ambulance.
    d. A first responder responsible for the protection and preservation of
    life, property, evidence, or the environment
     
  6. WZ7U

    WZ7U Ham Member QRZ Page

    Oh boy. Another one of these threads.

    Let the games begin!
     
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  7. N0TZU

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    As I read it, amateur radio and other two way services aren’t included in the definition using the statute above

    “A device through which personal wireless services as defined in 47
    U.S.C. 332(c)(7)(C)(i) are transmitted.”
     
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  8. N4QX

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    Amazing what one learns when one actually reads cited statutes. :)
     
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  9. N0TZU

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    Indeed. (I’m one of those who actually look at data, primary sources and references. They are great bs detectors and filters. ;) )
     
  10. N8TGQ

    N8TGQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I dont believe that passing a test on amateur radio laws or radio theory and technique has given me superhuman driving abilities. I'll wait and play radio separately.
     
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