A New Hampshire Senate panel is holding a hearing this week on a measure to ban the use of hand-held cellphones whilst driving.
The Home-passed bill also bans all cellphone use by minors behind the wheel. The bill does not apply in an emergency.
The ban would apply while drivers are stopped temporarily, such as at a red light, but not if they have pulled above and stopped off the road.
The bill allows the use of hands-free electronic products, gadgets that are integrated into the motor vehicle, and non-cellular 2-way radio devices.
New Hampshire’s state law currently bans only typing and sending text messages whilst driving but does not prohibit reading through text messages, surfing the World wide web, dialing cellphones or programming GPS gadgets even though driving.
The hearing will take area on Thursday.
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