By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — A local woman will be cited for distracted driving (use of a cell phone) after she crashed into a utility pole on Messer Street Wednesday night, causing wires to hang dangerously close to the roadway.
After striking the pole, police said Cierra Gonyea, 19, of 32 Lyford St. #2 careened across the street, went up on the sidewalk and landed about 5 feet from a house on the corner of Irving Street.
"Fortunately, no one was walking on the sidewalk and there were no kids playing in the yard," said Capt. Matt Canfield.
Canfield said that since the beginning of the year, 108 warnings and eight citations have been given to people by city police for violating the state law against the use of electronic hand-held devices since the law went into effect in July of 2015.
He said people have been given plenty of time to adjust to the law and noted there was an 18-month education campaign waged by the state police before it went into effect.
"It only takes a moment of distraction to cause a tragedy," Canfield said, who added police are going to be writing more tickets and giving less warning about the hands-free law in the future.
A portion of Messer Street was closed to traffic for several hours last night.
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