Hands Free Law

Handheld Ban MapThe Hands Free Law is all around us, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York & Connecticut all have it.

Do you know what it means for you?

I found this information about NH from http://www.handsfreenh.com

 

 

 

No use of hand-held electronic devices capable of providing voice or data communication while driving or temporarily halted in traffic for a stop sign or traffic signal or other momentary delays

  • This includes cell phones, GPS, tablets, iPods, iPads or other devices that require data entry
  • Emergency calls to 911 or other public safety agencies will be allowed
  • Bluetooth or other hands-free electronic devices will be allowed
  • One hand non-cellular 2-way radio use will be allowed
  • Teen drivers under the age of 18 will not be allowed to use any electronic devices (hand-held or not) except to report an emergency. Anyone violating this will be subject to penalties and license suspension or revocation.
  • If your vehicle is not equipped with Bluetooth functionality, auto service centers can install after-market systems or over the ear devices can be purchased at retailers such as Staples, Best Buy or your cell phone carrier.

Why is the NH Law Important?

  • During the past 4 years, 116 fatal crashes in New Hampshire were caused by distraction
  • The increasing use of electronic devices is fast becoming the primary distraction
  • While texting, a driver is 23 times more likely to crash
  • Sending or receiving a text distracts the driver for almost 5 seconds
  • At 50 miles per hour, we travel longer than the length of a football field during that 5 seconds
  • Even dialing a phone number increases the risk of crashing by 3 times

There is also a lot of information about Massachusetts Highway Safety at    http://www.ghsa.org/html/stateinfo/bystate/ma.html

 

 

Safe Used Cars For Teen Drivers

Scott found this online and we thought we would share its from usedcars.about.com

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   Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among 15-20 year olds and

more than half of teens who die in crashes are passengers, most of whom are not

wearing a seatbelt. Also studies have shown that a young driver’s chance of getting

in a fatal accident doubles when a teen passenger is in the car. With 3 or more

passengers, the risk quadruples.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety created a list of the safes cars for teen drivers

based on model year 2010

Large Cars: Buick Lacrosse, Ford Taurus, Lincoln MKS, Volvo S80

Midsize Cars: Audi A3, Chevy Malibu, Chrysler Sebring (4 door), Mercedes C class

Subaru Legacy and Outback, VW Jetta and Passat Sedans, Volvo C30

Small Cars: Honda Civic (4 door), Kia Soul, Nissan Cube, Subaru Impreza (Not WRX), VW Golf

Midsize SUVs:Dodge Journey, Subaru Tribeca, Volvo XC60 and XC90

Small SUVs: Honda Element, Jeep Patriot, Subaru Forester

Again we just found this info interesting and if you do have any questions you could

always give us a call.