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Man arrested for texting while drivingPosted On Thu, April 8, 2010
There are over 20 states that have made texting while driving illegal and New Hampshire may have made the first criminal charge based on the law.
New Hampshire's law banning texting while driving went into effect on January 1. Stephen Judd, a 20-year old from Dracut, Massachusetts, was violating the law while driving through Pelham, New Hampshire.
New Hampshire police Lieutenant Gary Fisher told the Manchester Union-Leader that Judd was blatantly texting while driving within view of an officer. "The phone literally was at the steering wheel level," Fisher said. Police officers later discovered that Judd was driving with a suspended license.
Since New Hampshire isn't tracking texting while driving violations, officials tell the Union-Leader it's difficult to know if Judd is the first to be charged with breaking this law. Judd will be given a $100 fine.
Research has shown that drivers who text take their eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 out of every 6 seconds while texting and that texting drivers are 20 times more likely to get in an accident compared to drivers who aren't distracted.
Iowa was the 21st state to ban texting while driving and Kentucky hopes to be the 22nd.
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