NH Gov. Signs Bill Banning Use of Some Electronic Devices While Driving

Published 07/25 2014 04:23PM

Updated 07/25 2014 04:29PM

CONCORD, N.H. - Governor Maggie Hassan signed a bill banning certain electronic devices while driving on Friday.

The bill prohibits drivers from talking or using a phone, inputting information into a GPS device while stopped at a traffic signal. The exception is making emergency calls.

“Distracted driving was one of the leading causes of traffic fatalities in New Hampshire and across the nation in 2013, and it is an increasing danger that we must address in order to keep our roads safe. By reducing distracted driving, this bipartisan legislation will help save lives," Gov. Maggie Hassan said.

Drivers are also allowed to use Bluetooth devices; however, it must be turned on prior to driving.

Any person in violation may be fined $100 plus penalty assessment for the first offense. A second offense will cost $250 plus penalty assessment. There will be a $500 plus penalty assessment for an additional offense within a 24 month period.

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