Mar 18, 2015 4:45 PM

Partnership kicks off to promote ban on hand-held cell phones while driving

BOW - "Going to your mailbox for a few seconds should be uneventful; not on this day.''

That day was Dec. 23, 2013 and Marilyn Bachman sadly recalls it as the morning her husband, John, was tragically struck and killed outside their Amherst home by a distracted driver.

Bachman's compelling story is the highlight of a public service announcement on the new law which will ban driving while using a hand-held cell phone on July 1.

"I just don't think the public has come to grips with how dangerous this could be and we want to prevent it from one fatal crash,'' said Robert Quinn, director of the New Hampshire State Police.

The education campaign will include billboards, signs at dealerships and radio commercials.

"And we want to get the message around that all you have to do is wait,'' said Andy Crews, president of the New Hampshire Auto Dealers Association.

You can use a phone to make an emergency plea for help and calls with hand free technology like Bluetooth will remain legal.

Bachman said this Driving Toward Zero highway deaths is an effort worth making.

"One fatality is too many. Zero is the only number we can live with. Remember this: A life just ended because you couldn't wait,'' Bachman added.

"The new state law didn't give this partnership any money but they are going to use all the means they can to get the word out that people who are driving should not use a hand-held device after July 1.''

Over the past four years, distracted driving was the cause of 124 accidents.


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