The New Hampshire Hands Free Law is now in effect as of July 1, 2015. If you are curious, as I was, about what this law actually says, here is a link to the law as written. It is really a pretty good read. For instance, I did not know that it is now illegal to put an address into a GPS while driving. Now while I have always found this annoying to do anyway, the new law will add an extra minute or so to what we refer to in our home as “the extraction process” or more commonly known as “trying to leave the house”.
You may also find it interesting that it is okay to use your phone to call 911 to report an emergency. Or that if you are under 18 you are not allowed to use any electronic device whatsoever…ever. Here is a link to a one page flyer that outlines the law in a slightly more readable fashion with some pretty good visual aids.
The penalties for breaking this new law are no laughing matter. For the first violation there is a $100 fine, for the second offence it will run you $250 and any subsequent offence will cost you $500 every time it happens within a 24-month period. Ouch.
On a personal note. Many years ago I was trying to place a call when my now 16 year old was just a baby in a car seat in the back of the car. By the time I looked up from dialing I was literally veering into on-coming traffic. Stupid, Stupid, Stupid. I threw the phone on the floor in front of the passenger seat and vowed never to do that again. I was definitely scared straight. Using Bluetooth is not just the law, it could save your life or the life of someone you love.