Dec 1, 2015 11:17 AM

NH police: 4,300 traffic stops over Thanksgiving week including 41 distracted driving citations

N.H. State Police reported two fatal crashes on New Hampshire's roadways over the Thanksgiving travel period between Wednesday and Sunday.

During that time period, 96 drivers were cited for speeding and another 3,267 drivers received warnings.

Five months into a new law banning people from using their phones while driving, a total of 41 drivers were cited for using electronic devices behind the wheel, but state troopers, on the lookout for violators, said drivers over the holiday were "overwhelmingly compliant" with the new law.

State troopers were also on the lookout for impaired drivers and 53 people were arrested for driving under the influence, state police said. They also thanked those who called in to report unsafe drivers, allowing troopers to get several impaired drivers off the heavily traveled roadways.

In all, state police made 4,316 motor vehicle stops over the five-day period, a figure that included 91 criminal arrests and and 81 citations of people driving with suspended licenses, according to state police Col. Robert Quinn.


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