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Aaron Deveau of Haverhill was sentenced to 2 1/2 years behind bars with a year to serve and the remainder suspended for the February 2011 crash that took the life of Donald Bowley Jr., 55, of Danville, N.H., and seriously injured Bowley’s girlfriend. Prosecutors say the then-17-year-old high school student sent 193 text messages the day of the crash, including some just a minute or so before impact and dozens more after it.
- Drivers 18 and over are allowed to use a “hands-free” device to talk on their wireless telephone while driving.
- The law does not prohibit dialing, but drivers are strongly urged not to dial while driving.
- It is legal to use a Bluetooth or other earpiece, however you cannot have BOTH ears covered.
- The “hands-free” law allows you to use the speaker phone functions of your wireless telephone while driving as long as you are not holding the phone.
- The “hands-free” law DOES NOT allow divers 18 and over to text message while driving.
- Drivers under the age of 18 may not use a wireless telephone, pager, laptop or any other electronic communication or mobile services device to speak or text while driving in any manner, even “hands-free.” EXCEPTION: Permitted in emergency situations to call police, fire, or medical authorities (VC §23124).
- The law stricter for provisional drivers because statistics show that teen drivers are more likely than older drivers to be involved in crashes because they lack driving experience and tend to take greater risks. Teen drivers are vulnerable to driving distractions such as talking with passengers, eating or drinking, and talking or texting on wireless devices, which increase the chance of getting involved in serious vehicle crashes.
- Drivers under the age of 18 may not use the hands-free feature while driving even if the car has the feature built in.
- Teen guilty of homicide in texting-while-driving case (cnn.com)
- Massachusetts teen sentenced to prison for texting while driving – msnbc.com (usnews.msnbc.msn.com)
- Texting While Driving Rampant Among Teens (sfgate.com)
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