New Hampshire's distracted driving law prohibits all motorists from using a handheld cell phone or other device to text message or talk while driving. This article covers the specifics of the laws and the costs of a texting or cell phone ticket.
New Hampshire's distracted driving law makes it illegal for all motorists to drive while using a handheld mobile electronic device to:
Presumption that can apply. Drivers who are caught with their phones in the immediate proximity to their ear are presumed to have been engaged in a call.
Defintion of "driving." For purposes of the distracted driving law, "driving" includes being actually in motion and at temporary stops for reasons such as traffic, stop signs, and red lights. However, this definition doesn't include being behind the controls of a vehicle that's pulled to the side of or off the road and legally parked.
The distracted driving law doesn't apply to:
The most commonly applicable exception for "hand-free technology." The other exceptions don't come up very often.
Distracted driving violations carry a $100 fine for a first violation, a $250 fine for a second violation within 24 months, and a $500 fine for a third or subsequent violation within 24 months. Violators will also have to pay penalty assessments.
Underage motorists (those under the age of 18) are completely prohibited from using a cell phone or other electronic device while driving. In other words, it doesn't matter if the underage motorist is using hands-free technologies.
The only exception to the underage distracted driving law is for reporting emergencies.
Underage distracted driving violations carry a $100 fine for a first violation, a $250 fine for a second violation within 24 months, and a $500 fine for a third or subsequent violation within 24 months. And all violations come with penalty assessments. The underage motorist may also face license suspension or revocation.
Depending on the circumstances, a texting or cell phone violation could also lead to a reckless or negligent driving conviction. And if one of these offenses results in the death of another person, vehicular homicide charges are a possibility.