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May 11, 2014

Cellphone use getting more restrictive in New England

New England states crack down on cellphone use, distracted driving

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By contrast, 91 percent of Connecticut drivers knew the state’s texting law and 87 percent were aware of the hands-free requirement.

Connecticut’s “Phone in One Hand, Ticket in the Other” campaign proved effective in terms of reaching drivers. Recognition started at about 5 percent and increased to more than 50 percent after several education campaigns.

In New Hampshire, state police already have a partnership with the Driving Toward Zero Deaths Coalition, which will help with the public education component of HB 1360.

Shapiro said he expected electronic messages would start appearing on state highways in the spring as the enactment date draws closer.

And, he said, he’s confident most drivers will get the message.

“It’s a small state, there are only so many roads,” he said. “I do believe people will understand and change their driving habits.”

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