Majority oppose proposed ban on cell phone use while driving - 129 participants

Sep 30, 2013

While New Hampshire prohibits reading and sending text messages and the two-handed use of any electronic device when driving, state lawmakers will consider new legislation next year that would ban cell phone use while driving altogether.On September 30, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH ban all cell phone use while driving?”

“Should NH ban all cell phone use while driving?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Cell Phone Use While Driving NH Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 129 participants gave 384 responses

A total of 87% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 13% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 129 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 384 responses or reactions to this question. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

No: A majority, at 67% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were opposed to banning cell phone use while driving. 

  • Cell phones represent merely one distraction out of many.
  • “When they get crabby, [children] can be way more distracting than any phone call.”

Yes: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 33%, were in favor of banning cell phone use while driving.   

  • Several respondents cited harrowing personal experiences, which drew a number of concurrences from other members.
  • “I ride a motorcycle, and I have a better view of people in cars than most car drivers. You have no idea how many cell phone users are texting while driving—scares me to death.”

Other: As noted above, 13% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues.

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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