The North Carolina State Statute Titled ' Unlawful Use A Mobile Phone While Operating A Motor Vehicle
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The North Carolina State Statute titled “Unlawful use of a mobile phone by persons under 18 years of age” in § 20-137.3 of the North Carolina General Statutes applies to me because within the past year this law governed my usage of a mobile phone while operating a motor vehicle. I chose to analyze this statute because I perceived phone usage as a legal activity if a hands-free mobile telephone or electronic device is being used while driving. However, within the statute, any mobile technology usage for drivers under 18 is an offense unless explicitly stated as an exception.
N.C.G.S § 20-137.3(b) defines and states the offense that a person under the age of 18 years commits if the person under 18 years uses a mobile phone while operating a moving motor vehicle. Subsection (a)(2) of the statute sets the definition of a mobile telephone by describing a mobile telephone as “a device used by subscribers and other users of wireless telephone service to access the service” (N.C.G.S. § 20-137.3(a)(2)). A wireless telephone service is defined by the statute in subsection (a)(3) as a “two-way real-time voice telecommunications service” that is connected to a public telephone network (N.C.G.S. § 20-137.3(a)(3)). The statute claims that an offense deems that no person under the age of 18 can use a mobile telephone or any additional technology associated with a telephone while operating a moving motor vehicle. The driver under the age of 18, however, can use a mobile telephone or