Distracted driving is very dangerous and continues to cause car accidents every year in New Hampshire. One of the biggest causes of distracted driving is cellphone use. While many people know about the dangers of texting while driving, studies have shown that talking on a cellphone can be very dangerous too.
To address the dangers of cellphone use while driving and to prevent future car accidents caused by distracted driving, lawmakers in New Hampshire have proposed a bill that would ban individuals from using hand-held cellphones while driving.
Distracted drivers who cause an accident that injures someone else or results in property damage can face a fine up to $1,000 and have their driver's license suspended for one year under current state law. Lawmakers proposed the new bill to add to this current law in an effort to reduce distracted driving car accidents in the state.
The proposed bill would ban drivers from using hand-held cellphones. The bill still allows drivers to use hands-free cellphone devices behind the wheel. Drivers who violate the ban could face a $100 fine. The lawmakers proposing the bill said it would help prevent distracted driving accidents from happening in the first place since drivers would not be able to use hand-held cellphones.
Lawmakers did say that they want to consult with law enforcement officials to make sure the law would be enforcement and that the language of the bill is tough enough on distracted drivers.
The proposed bill banning hand-held cellphone use is a step in the right direction for preventing distracted driving car accidents. Even if the proposed bill is not passed, drivers should be aware of the risks of using a cellphone as it causes cognitive distractions and can limit a driver's ability to drive safely.
Source: Eagle-Tribune, "N.H. lawmakers to revisit distracted driving," John Toole, Oct. 16, 2013