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Driver in I-93 rollover accident charged with distracted driving under Hands-Free Law



Last modified: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
A rollover accident on Interstate 93 in Canterbury on Monday night was caused by a distracted driver using a mobile device, police said.

Two vehicles, a Honda Civic and a Toyota Tacoma, were involved in the crash on I-93 southbound about 9:30 p.m. Monday, said state police Trooper Micah Jones. The accident was caused by the driver of the Honda, he said, who was cited under the state’s Hands-Free Law. Both vehicles rolled over.

The law, which went into effect July 1, bans the use of any handheld electronic devices while driving. Bluetooth and other hands-free technology is permitted.

For a first offense, the penalty is a $100 fine. A second offense has a $250 fine and subsequent offenses within a two-year period have a $500 fine.

Jones said this was the first offense for the driver.

The driver and passenger of the Tacoma were transported to Concord Hospital, though there were no significant injuries reported, Jones said. The identities of those involved in the accident have not been released, as the accident report is pending, he said.

“Both lanes did get shut down temporarily when the tow trucks did arrive,” Jones said.

The crash was cleared about 10:30 p.m.