NH Adds Tougher Texting Penalties For Commercial Drivers

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — People driving commercial vehicles in New Hampshire could lose their licenses for writing text messages from behind the wheel.

A new law taking effect Jan. 1 adds texting while operating a moving commercial vehicle to the list of serious motor vehicle violations that can cause license suspension. The law makes other changes to the commercial vehicle laws to help assure New Hampshire continues to be eligible for federal safety funds.

For other drivers, texting while driving has been banned since 2010 in New Hampshire, with violators facing $100 fines.

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