CITIZEN VOICES® Slight majority support hands-free driving law - 332 participants

May 03, 2015

In addition to barring adult drivers from holding their cell phones and talking beginning July 1, HB 1360—which passed last May by the NH House—will disallow drivers under 18 from hands-free mobile phone use altogether. But where does NH public opinion stand on the change? On May 3, the Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) asked its nearly 62,000 Facebook members to weigh in on the question, “Do you support the ban on the use of handheld cell phones by drivers that goes into effect on July 1, 2015?”

Do you support the ban on the use of handheld cell phones by drivers?

Hands Free Law NH Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 332 participants gave 1,175 responses.

A total of 82% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 18% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, the LFDA received 1,175 responses from 332 individuals. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said

Yes: A slight majority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 57%, supported the hands-free driving law.

  • “Driving is a life and death responsibility.”
  • “We need to start treating it like it is not a right, but a privilege to drive.”
  • “Personally, I may hate the law when I can't use my phone, but it is too much of a distraction.”

No: A minority, at 43% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, opposed the hands-free driving law.

  • “Common sense cannot be legislated.”
  • “Distracted driving is already illegal. Making yet another law that does the same thing is pointless.”

Other: As noted above, 18% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • Cellphone use in general.
  • Driving and multi-tasking.
  • Safety: "Study after study after study has shown hands free is as much of a distraction as hand held."

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

Related Bill

HB 1360 (2014)
Bill Status: Signed by Governor
Hearing date: Apr 01, 2014

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