NH Texting While Driving Ban Takes Effect Jan. 1

12/21/09 6:06AM

Tapping out a quick text message behind the wheel could cost drivers a $100 fine under a law taking effect Jan. 1 in New Hampshire.

Forty-two-year-old Tina Derby of Warner says banning texting probably is a good idea because the practice isn't very safe - just as speeding is risky. But she can't guarantee she will never speed - or stop texting and driving because it is so convenient to put her cell phone on the wheel and text a quick message with two fingers.

Derby says she better start saving her money to pay fines.

New Hampshire's law also bans Twittering, typing on laptop computers or electronic devices while driving. An exception is made for entering a name and number in a cell phone to make a call.

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