Car Accidents

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 As New Hampshire gets set to enact a ban on handheld cellphone use while driving, there is some evidence that such bans in other states have had little effect on accident rates.

In a 2014 study, researcher Dan Kaffine and others at the University of Colorado Boulder found no evidence that a California ban on using handheld cellphones while driving actually decreased the number of traffic accidents in that state.

Dan Kaffine joined Morning Edition to talk about the issue.

A Massachusetts woman and her son and a Florida woman were killed in a crash in western New Hampshire.

State Police say 54-year-old Mary Newton of Greenfield, Massachusetts, was driving west on Route 9 in Stoddard on Saturday afternoon when her car crossed into the eastbound lane and crashed head-on with a recreational vehicle. Newton and her 16-year-old son were killed, as was a passenger in the RV, 68-year-old Dulce Marie Campo Perez of West Melbourne, Florida.

The driver of the RV was seriously injured.

The crash remains under investigation.

  Police have charged a 20-year-old woman with negligent homicide in connection with a weekend crash that killed two cyclists in Hampton, N.H.

Investigators say a car driven by Darriean Hess, of Seabrook, was speeding, crossed the center line and struck a group of riders at 8:30 a.m. Saturday on a bridge during an annual long-distance ride.

Hess was also charged with assault Tuesday.

The crash killed two Massachusetts women, Pamela Wells, of South Hamilton, and Elise Bouchard, of Danvers. Two other riders were injured.

White Mountains Crash Kills 2 London Tourists

Sep 9, 2013

Two tourists from London died and two others were injured when their van left the road and struck a tree after they were hiking in New Hampshire's Mount Washington Valley.

Bartlett police say 68-year-old Julyan Heazell and her 77-year-old husband, Robert Heazell, died from injuries suffered in the Sunday afternoon crash.

WMVW-Radio reports that the rental van was driven by Robert Heazell's brother — 62-year-old Garrett Heazell, also of London. Garrett Heazell and his 62-year-old wife, Pamela Heazell, are recovering from non-life-threatening injuries.

A single-car crash Friday night in Littleton injured six people, two of them seriously, said Littleton police chief Paul Smith.

Smith said the accident occurred just past 11 p.m. on Route 135 just north of its intersection with Interstate 93.

He said the driver of a 2012 Toyota Camry lost control and the vehicle “left the road and collided with a telephone pole, which caused the vehicle to roll over several times.”

Several people were thrown from the vehicle.

New Hampshire remains the only state that doesn’t require adults to wear seat belts and many of the people killed in the state last year in crashes were thrown from their vehicles.  

By the end of 2011 eighty-eight people had been killed in traffic accidents in the state.

About a quarter of them were either thrown completely from their vehicles or partially ejected, according to state figures.

That means they were probably not wearing seat belts.

“When people are ejected from the vehicles they are two to four times more likely to die in a crash.”