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Distracted driving has become a serious issue in the U.S., especially with the rise of cell phones and other electronic devices. The New Hampshire texting ban marks the state joining several others in restricting or banning texting and other types of cell phone use while driving. Additional research on this growing problem of cell phone driving use has further clarified the risks distracted driving poses, according to a report by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA).texting driving risks

The research study cited by GHSA defines a “distraction” as “when a driver voluntarily diverts attention to something not related to driving that uses the driver’s eyes, ears, or hands.” Keeping one’s eyes, ears, hands, and mind on the task of driving is the best way to prevent distracted-driving accidents. The study found that:

  • Of 100 drivers observed for a full year, one-fourth to one-half were distracted at any given time.
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As the number of deaths due to distracted driving has increased, so has the number of states restricting or banning the use of cell phones while driving. These laws range from bans on certain behaviors, like texting, to bans on all cell phone use by a driver. As of January 1, 2010, New Hampshire joined the 33 other U.S. states that have banned texting while driving.

New Hampshire’s law states that “A person operating a moving motor vehicle who writes a text message or uses 2 hands to type on or operate an electronic or telecommunications device, is guilty of a violation,” the fine for which is $100.00. Scrolling through a contacts list or dialing in a phone number or name is not considered“texting” under this statute, which still allows New Hampshire drivers to make phone calls on their cell phones while driving. However, the law most likely covers typing on a laptop computer or smart phone, as well as using Twitter or other apps that require two hands, according to an article in the Boston Globe. New Hampshire joins 33 other U.S. states, Puerto Rico, and Guam in banning some form of distracted driving related to cell phones or other electronic devices. Many counties and other localities in the United States have also banned or restricted cell phone use.

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A recent news article posted on forbes.com reveals that New Hampshire, along with Illinois and Oregon, is one of three states that will adopt new traffic laws in January 2010 forbidding text messaging while driving. According to AAA, there are as many as 8,000 daily car crashes caused by distracted drivers across the country. AAA also supports that laws prohibiting text messaging greatly aid in decreasing the number of accidents that occur as a result of texting. The Auto Club of Southern California, for example, cites a 70% decrease in the number of on-the-road texts that have been sent via motorists since the texting ban went into effect in California. This decrease has undoubtedly led to fewer traffic accidents resulting from cell phone texting use.

The article mentions that New Hampshire, while it has been listed as one of the safest states for motorists, does not even have primary or secondary seatbelt laws in place. This may be seen as an indication that driving practice may have less to do with laws and more to do with driver awareness and safe decision-making. However, the numbers supporting the dangers associated with texting and driving are quite significant.

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