As reported on October 2, 2016, by the Union Leader, data collected by the Department of Safety has demonstrated that the manual use of electronic devices caused 103 crashes from the time the hands-free law took effect on July 1, 2015, through September 27 of this year. Four of those crashes resulted in fatalities.
The New Hampshire hands free law was put into place to prevent tragic accidents that could be easily prevented. The use of one of the many widely available Bluetooth headset systems or speaker systems rather than manually using your phone could save you from getting a ticket, and could even save your life.
If you are stopped and ticketed for violating the hands-free law, pursuant to 265:79-c, you face the following fines:
FIRST OFFENSE $100 Fine
SECOND OFFENSE $250 Fine
THIRD OFFENSE (WITHIN TWO YEARS) $500 Fine
If you find yourself in a motor vehicle accident through the fault of another driver or related to the use of a cell phone or electronic device call Douglas, Leonard & Garvey, P.C today at 1-800-240-1988 or fill out our online contact form.