State Data: Road Deaths Down Amid New Distracted Driving Law

Jul 6, 2016


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State data shows that the number of road deaths in New Hampshire fell last year amid the passage of a law in July 2015 barring drivers from having a mobile device in their hand.

The Telegraph of Nashua reports state Department of Safety data shows distracted driving deaths fell to sixth place in 2015 after state police say it ranked as the second- or third-leading cause of road deaths for nearly two decades.

Six of the 103 fatal collisions last year were due to distracted driving. That's 6 percent.

Thirteen of the 89 road deaths in 2014 — or 15 percent — were caused by distracted driving and officials say one of the 55 total road deaths— or 2 percent — through June 19 were due to inattentive drivers.