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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Hand-held use of cellphones while driving would be prohibited in New Hampshire under a bill before the House.

The bill being voted on Wednesday 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 were stopped temporarily, such as at a red light, but not if they pulled over and stopped off the road.

The bill allows use of hands-free electronic devices, devices integrated into the motor vehicle and non-cellular 2-way radio devices.

State law bans only typing and sending text messages while driving, but does not prohibit reading text messages, surfing the Internet, dialing cellphones or programming GPS devices while driving.

Twelve states prohibit all drivers from using hand-held cellphones and 41 ban text messaging.

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