Upcoming changes in NH Legislation

Effective July 1, 2015 New Hampshire Law Enforcement will begin enforcing it’s new Hands Free Electronic Device Law.

What does this mean?

– No use of hand held electronic devices capable of providing voice or data communication while driving or temporarily halted in traffic for a stop sign or traffic signal or other momentary delays.

– This includes cell phones, GPS, tablets, Ipods, IPads, or other devices that require data entry.

– Emergency calls to 911 or other public safety agencies will be allowed.

– Bluetooth or other hands free electronic devices will be allowed.

– One hand non-cellular 2 way radio use will be allowed.

– Teen drivers under the age of 18 will not be allowed to use any electronic devices (hand held or not) except to report an emergency. Anyone violating this will be subject to penalties and license suspension or revocation.

Penalties for violations

1st offense……………………………$100.00 fine

2nd offense………………………….$250.00 fine

3rd offense within 2 years……….$500.00 fine

Penalty assessments will be added to the fines

 

Why is the NH Law important???

– During the past 4 years, 116 fatal crashes in New Hampshire were caused by distraction.

– The increasing use of electronic devices is fast becoming the primary distraction.

– While texting, a driver is 23 times more likely to crash.

– Sending or receiving a text distracts the driver for almost 5 seconds.

– At 50 miles per hour, we travel longer than the length of a football field during that 5 seconds.

– Even dialing a phone number increases the risk of crashing by 3 times.