Texting Ban in New Hampshire Begins in January

Tonight at midnight text messaging and driving will be illegal in New Hampshire. The new law will forbid texting and tickets will cost violators $100.

The law expands on a 2002 negligent and distracted driver law. Assistant Safety Commissioner Earl Sweeney says that the distracted driver law is more difficult to prove as police have to show that the driver knew their actions were negligent in putting others at risk.

Lawmakers decided to enact the new law as more and more accidents blamed on text messaging were reported. Many studies have been done on just how dangerous text messaging and driving is.

A Virginia Tech Transportation Institute study showed that the collision risk was 23 times greater when drivers of heavy trucks texted while driving. In comparison dialing a cell phone or reaching for an electronic device only increased the risk by 6 times.

The bill was sponsored by State Rep. Richard Drisko, R-Hollis.

"Some of the texting is just amazing, using two hands and holding the wheel with your knees. That's crazy," he said. "Some kids have a keyboard on their dashboard so they can text."

The staff and attorneys at Van Dorn & Curtiss hope that every time you drive, you drive safe. Even one accident avoided, one injury prevented, would make the New Year brighter for all of New Hampshire.

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