Ban on Text Messaging while Driving Proposed in New Hampshire

December 30, 2008

A bill to make it illegal for drivers to send text messages on cell phones or type on laptop computers or other electronic devices is coming back before the New Hampshire Legislature.

Nashua Democrat David Campbell’s bill passed the House this year but died in the Senate. He said he is reintroducing the bill because he thinks people are more aware of the issue now.

The bill would ban text messaging while driving and two-handed operation of electronic devices. It would exempt anyone driving an emergency vehicle, reporting a crime or summoning medical or emergency help. Hired drivers also could communicate with dispatchers, and drivers could use global positioning systems.

State law already lets police ticket distracted drivers, so critics say the text-messaging bill isn’t necessary.

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