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Hands Free Law

NH Hands Free Law

The Hands Free Law (House Bill 1360) is in effect as of July 1, 2015.

  • 1st Offense = $100 fine

  • 2nd Offense = $250 fine

  • 3rd Offense within 2 years = $500 fine

Penalty assessments will be added to the fines.

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.

Why is the law important?

  • Many 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.

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