The Hands Free Law (House Bill 1360) is in effect as of July 1, 2015.
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 except to report an emergency.
- If your vehicle is not equipped with Bluetooth functionality, auto service centers can install after-market ￼systems or over the ear devices can be purchased at retailers such as Staples, Best Buy or your cell phone carrier.
Penalties for Violations
- 1st Offense = $100 fine
- 2nd Offense = $250 fine
- 3rd Offense within 2 years = $500 fine
Penalty assessments will be added to the fines.
Why is the 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.