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New Hampshire bills would restrict/ban devices while driving

The proposals follow a state Supreme Court ruling last year that talking on a cellphone — though not illegal — could be grounds for convicting a driver of criminally negligent homicide.

By Lynne Tuohy
The Associated Press

1/14/2014

CONCORD, N.H. — A New Hampshire legislative committee will debate several bills to limit or ban the use of electronic devices while driving.

The proposals follow a state Supreme Court ruling last year that talking on a cellphone — though not illegal — could be grounds for convicting a driver of criminally negligent homicide.

The transportation committee hearing also comes just weeks after a the fatal hit and run of retired Amherst fire chief John Bachman by a 20-year-old motorist who told police he was texting while driving and thought he had hit a snowbank.

One bill would ban cellphone use while another encompasses all electronic devices. A third bill would prohibit cellphone use by school bus, taxi and livery drivers.

The bills exempt emergency personnel and hands-free devices.

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