Governor signs NC texting ban

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue has signed into law a ban on drivers sending text messages or e-mails.

Perdue's spokeswoman Chrissy Pearson spread the news Friday by sending a text message reading: "This msg 2 u was composed while I was behind my desk, not behind the wheel. Hope u r not driving now."

The law takes effect Dec. 1. The legislation passed the General Assembly last week. A national group said North Carolina becomes the 14th state to bar the practice as a way to reduce driver distraction and accidents. The Governors Highway Safety Association said seven new states passed bans this year.

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