CITIZEN VOICES® Cell phones at stoplights?
Jan 02, 2018
HB 1270 would loosen rules on cell phone use while driving a car, allowing motorists to handle their cell phones while stopped at a traffic light. Currently, the law prohibits a driver of a motor vehicle from using any hand-held electronic device while driving or while halted in traffic for a momentary delay. Read more about this issue.
Do you support legislation that would make it legal to use a cell phone at a stop light?
Discussion held on Citizens Count NH website and Facebook page December 4, 2017
What Participants Said
No: 126 people were opposed to making it legal to use cell phones at stoplights.
- “No. Tired of having to honk my horn to get them to move on when light turns green!”
- “No… People should pull off to the side of the road out of traffic if necessary. ”
- “An absolute no. There is no reason to do anything but drive when you are operating a vehicle.”
Yes: 44 people were in favor of making it legal to use cell phones at stoplights.
- “Yes. You should be able to punch in map directions or check your phone real quick when you're stopped without worrying big brother will bust you.”
- “Yes. I believe NH residents are capable of looking at their cell phone while stopped at a traffic light.”
- “Yes. It should never have been against the law. The cell phone ban has done nothing.”
Other: 34 people commented on related questions and issues instead.
- Enforcement: “I see people still talking on their cell phones. It doesn't matter what the law says, people will still do what they want.”
- Clarifying current law: “It’s illegal now?”
- Effectiveness: “I would like to know if the new hands free law has really even made a difference.”
*Editor selection of actual participant quotes.