Drivers Letters: New Hampshire’s Hands Free Electronic Device Law

12 Washington Street
Lynn, MA 01904-3306
DOT Number: 638928
ICC# MC300615
Date: 07/01/2015

Dear Professional Driver,

Effective on the date of this letter, New Hampshire’s New Hands Free Electronic Device Law went into effect. What does this mean to you?

➢    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 (handheld 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

Reason for the NH Law:

•    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 a football field during that 5 seconds
•    Even dialing a phone number increases the risk of crashing by 3 times

Massachusetts’ Cell Phones and Texting Law remains the same:

•    Drivers under 18 years old are banned from using any mobile device for any reason while driving
•    All drivers, regardless of age or license status, are banned from texting while behind the wheel.

Be Safe!