Safety Laws in New Hampshire
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All riders and passengers under 18 must wear a helmet. The Department of Safety strongly recommends safety helmets for everyone.
All riders 15 and younger must wear a helmet.
Headlights must be turned on:
- From one half-hour after sunset until one half-hour before sunrise.
- When visibility due to inclement weather is reduced to 1,000 feet or less.
Modulating headlights are permitted.
When riding at night, your bike must have:
- A white front light visible up to 300 feet.
- A red rear reflector or red light visible up to 300 feet.
As of March 2011, there are no laws banning the use of cell phones while driving.
The state does, however, ban texting for all drivers, regardless of age or license status.
Kids under 18 must wear a seat belt. The Department of Safety strongly recommends safety belts for every driver and passenger.
Kids under six or under 55 inches tall must ride in a federally-approved safety seat or booster.
If you're in the market for one, you can shop online for a child car seat any time of day. When ordering, make sure the car seat matches your child's weight, height and age.
Call 911 or *64 (New Hampshire Highway Patrol) if you suspect a driver of being drunk or a road menace. Provide the driver's license plate number, make, model, location and travel direction. Do not try to stop the vehicle on your own.
Dial 911 if you suspect an unattended child left in a vehicle is in danger from excessive heat or cold. Remain with the vehicle, if possible, until authorities arrive.
Call the local police department or animal control unit if you feel an unattended pet inside a vehicle is at risk.
In many states, including New Hampshire, state law requires vehicles to give attention and space to a wide range of traffic emergencies. On May 5, 2008, the "Mover Over" law was expanded to include highway workers and tow truck drivers. Specifically, the law requires motorists to slow down and give clearance to stationary vehicles displaying blue, red, or amber emergency lights at the scene of any roadside incident.
Other Topics in This Section
- Traffic Alerts
- 511 Traffic Systems
- Tire Recalls
- Safety Laws
- How Emotions Affect Driving
- Driving in Hazardous Conditions
- Teen Drivers: A Beginner's Guide
- Seniors: When To Turn Over The Car Keys
- Packing Your First-Aid Kit
- Seven Senior Safety Suggestions
- Wildlife on the Road
- When to Call Wildlife Rescue
- Taking A Mature Driver Course
- Medications & Driving
- Night Driving
- Hallucinations on the Road
- How To Drive Distraction Free
- Treating Motion Sickness
- Road Rage: How To Deal With It
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