New Hampshire Bans Handheld Cellphone Use While Driving

Handheld Cellphone Driving | I-95 Exit GuideNew Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan has signed a bill banning handheld cellphone use while driving in New Hampshire as of July 1, 2015.

The bill continues to allow adults to talk on cellphones while driving if they use hands-free phones, devices built into the vehicle or two-way radios. It also bans all cellphone use while driving by minors.

The ban will apply while drivers are stopped temporarily, such as at a red light, but not if they have pulled over and stopped. The bill doesn’t apply in an emergency.

Offenders will face a $100 fine for a first offense, a $250 fine for a second offense and a $500 fine for subsequent offenses within 24 months.

Governor Hassan issued the following statement after signing HB 1370, a measure relative to use of certain electronic devices while driving:

“Distracted driving was one of the leading causes of traffic fatalities in New Hampshire and across the nation in 2013, and it is an increasing danger that we must address in order to keep our roads safe. By reducing distracted driving, this bipartisan legislation will help save lives. I thank Representative Pantelakos and legislators from both parties for working to improve the safety of our roads and our people.”

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Maine: Two Day Ramp Closure on I-95 Northbound at Exit 133 in Fairfield

I-95 Exit GuideFairfield, Maine – As the painting of the Clinton A. Clauson Bridge nears completion, crews will be taking down tarps, cable and steel fencing that will necessitate a ramp and lane closure.

On Wednesday, July 30th and Thursday, July 31st, the I-95 northbound on-ramp at Exit 133 will be closed. Motorists will be detoured to Exit 132 via Routes 201 and 139. This two day ramp closure is part of a 10 day northbound lane closure in the same vicinity.

Travelers are advised to allow extra time and to drive cautiously through the work zone along the short detour route.

New Mexico: I-10 Overpass at Avenida de Mesilla Near Completion

I-10 Exit Guide | New MexicoOne Las Cruces road construction project is nearing completion, but another is still in its early stages.

Crews with La Calerita Construction, Inc., of Las Cruces remain busy on the fourth phase of five phases of work to replace the overpass at Interstate 10 and Avenida de Mesilla. Ryan Tafoya, project manager for the New Mexico Department of Transportation, said Friday substantial completion of the overpass is anticipated by mid September…

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