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Semirog Law Firm, pllc is a personal injury and auto accidents law firm located in Charlotte and Matthews, North Carolina.   We are committed to providing quality legal services in a dedicated and cost-effective manner to all members of our community, regardless of race, gender, or national origin.

We have handled complicated litigation in the areas of personal injury, car wrecks, truck accidents, family and business law.  In addition, we have experience in real estate law and short-sale negotiations.

We offer standard and flexible billing arrangements for our clients, such as flat fee billing, hourly billing, and contingency fee billing depending on the type of legal matter.


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Driving while Intalksicated

Serge Semirog

Note: Any use of a cellular device or associated driving leads to distracted driving equal or worse than driving while drunk.  Please drive safely.

As technology continues to permeate everyday life, phone usage on the road is on the rise. But the question appears: who can use their phone and how can they use it?

Type of License Telephone Additional Technology Texting and Email
Level 1 Limited Learner's Permit No No No
Level 2 Provisional License No No No
Level 3 Full Provisional LIcense No No No
Full License Yes Yes No
(1) Additional technology. - Any technology that provides access to digital media including, but not limited to, a camera, music, the Internet, or games. The term does not include electronic mail or text messaging.
(2) Mobile telephone. - A device used by subscribers and other users of wireless telephone service to access the service. The term includes: (i) a device with which a user engages in a call using at least one hand, and (ii) a device that has an internal feature or function, or that is equipped with an attachment or addition, whether or not permanently part of the mobile telephone, by which a user engages in a call without the use of either hand, whether or not the use of either hand is necessary to activate, deactivate, or initiate a function of such telephone.
— NC Department of Transportation

To summarize the above material from the NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT), a mobile phone includes all cell phones including those that allow hands-free calling.  It does not matter if the phone is voice or touch activated (though some exceptions exist).

Additional technology allows the NCDOT to cover everything else but mail or text messaging which reserve their own special category as they are forbidden no matter the license.  


For drivers under the age of eighteen (18), any use of cellular technology is banned.  If you are found in violation of this rule, you are subject to a $25 fine but no points are added to your license nor should you experience any surcharge in your insurance.  That being said, the holder of a provisional license can use their cell phone if a) it is an emergency situation or b) if the caller is calling parents, legal guardians, or spouse. 

For drivers over the age of eighteen, the main concern is the use of text messaging services (and that means any means of entering text to communicate with someone).  If you are found in violation of this rule, it is considered an infraction with a fine of $100 plus court fees.  The primary exceptions to this rule are the use of a GPS and the use of voice operated technology.  

While NC does allow the use of cell phones while driving a vehicle, please remember that doing so can result in distracted driving: the reason for about 25% of motor vehicle accidents (only behind alcohol and speeding).  Schedule stops in your daily commute if you really need to answer your phone or just wait until you've arrived at your destination. Be safe on the roads.

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