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Awareness Begins for New Law Banning Handheld Devices in New Hampshire

Handheld devices, most commonly cell phones, are simply a part of daily life for the majority of Americans. However, using them behind the wheel can be deadly. In fact, the problem of distracted driving due to handheld devices has become so prevalent that there are laws in place to ban their use while a car is in motion. In New Hampshire, texting while driving has been illegal for some time. But, using a handheld device to email, program a GPS, or for other uses will soon be illegal also. New Hampshire will effectively ban the use of handheld devices while driving starting July 2015. handheldbanimages

While the ban isn’t legal just yet, there is currently a public service campaign in effect to make drivers in the Granite State well aware of the law before it does take effect. There are electronic highway signs in use to spread the word. New Hampshire has also crafted a slogan to ensure awareness—“Hands Free, A Better Way to Be”. The law will also ban all minors from cell use behind the wheel, with the exception of an emergency.

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The New Hampshire Legislature is considering a bill that would make it illegal to use a cell phone, iPad, GPS, or other electronic device while driving, stopped at a light, or while sitting in traffic.no talking or texting while driving

Last week the Senate Transportation Committee heard testimony from several people, including Earl Sweeney, the Commissioner of Safety, as to why HB 1360 should pass.  If this does happen, and it’s still a ways off, New Hampshire would be the thirteenth state to make the use of hand-held cell phones and electronic devices illegal while driving.

The Concord Monitor quoted Sweeney as saying, “This is the most-needed piece of highway safety legislation to come before you this year.”  He told the committee that in the state between 2010 and 2013 about 124 people died in car crashes caused by distracted drivers.

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Texting while driving is against the law in New Hampshire.  And recently the N.H. House passed a bill that would ban hand-held cell phones while driving.  But what about Google Glass?  For right now, there is no law in the state banning the use of the new wearable technology. GOOGLE GLASS

Google Glass are worn like eyeglasses, with a frame and a small glass in front of your eye, but they allow users to take pictures, ask for directions, and read emails all with a few winks and verbal commands.  Think of it as a smartphone that you never have to tilt your head down to see.  Everything that you would use your smartphone for can be done with Google Glass.  They are not on the open market yet.  For now Google is sending the technology to Google Explorers, people who have purchased them for $1500 to be part of the beta team.

But that’s what has some lawmakers worried.  They have expressed concern that using these glasses while driving would constitute distracted driving and should be outlawed.  As of right now, at least eight states have proposed laws that would make using Google Glass while driving illegal.

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