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NH panel considers ban on cellphones while driving

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By NORMA LOVE
Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Holding a cellphone up to the ear to talk while driving would be banned under a bill being considered by a New Hampshire Senate committee.

Witnesses told the Senate Transportation Committee at a hearing Tuesday that drivers could still use hands-free electronic devices, devices that are integrated into the vehicle, and non-cellular 2-way radio devices. They said cellphone use is much more of a distraction than turning on the radio or talking with a passenger.

The House-passed bill also would ban all cellphone use by minors behind the wheel. The bill doesn't apply in an emergency.

The ban would apply while drivers are stopped temporarily, such as at a red light, but not if they have pulled over and stopped.

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