Wolfpack fans, Moore County Boy Scouts, a Cary insurance agent and a few zillion other folks have spread baloney on their blogs about a sweeping cell-phone ban for drivers in North Carolina.
The rumor: It's a new North Carolina law set to take effect July 1.
The truth: False. Nothing like this has been passed in North Carolina.
Cell-phoning in the car is a popular pastime — and clearly dangerous. Our legislature is not about to ban it.
It's easy to cut and paste, and maybe it's easy to believe. 'Scuse me for sounding like old-fashioned, mainstream media, but why circulate it without checking first to see whether it is accurate?
This rumor was debunked weeks ago by the Fayetteville Observer, the Winston-Salem Journal and the Lenoir News-Topic and other newspapers, and by a bunch of TV stations. It has been denied by the State Highway Patrol and by staffers at the General Assembly.
Checking stuff like this is almost as easy as republishing it. In this case, the blog posts refer to statute numbers VC 23123 and VC 23124. Ask Google about them and Google gives you a lot of California hits.
California. That's where this law has been enacted.
Some mischievous person deliberately changed information about California to say North Carolina. As the cheese-shop clerk says in a Monty Python sketch: "Sorry, sir. I've been deliberately wasting your time."