Traffic Tickets in New Hampshire
Traffic tickets can be issued for dozens of driving violations. Even failing to stop for a pedestrian or driving without due care can result in tickets. Staying alert, driving defensively, and keeping your vehicle in good working order will help you avoid traffic tickets.
Despite your efforts to drive safely, you may get stopped by the police at one time or another in your driving career. Speeding is the most common reason for traffic tickets and it is easy to get caught by the police―they are equipped with modern technology to nab speeding drivers.
Knowing the rules of the road, specifically of the state you are driving in, is a good way to avoid traffic tickets. For example, in New Hampshire it is okay to turn right if the traffic light is red and if the intersection doesn't indicate otherwise. This traffic rule may not be the same if you were driving in Vermont.
For a refresher on the traffic rules consult the Driver's Manual. There is a lot of information in the manual about traffic rules and safe driving. Most accidents are caused by speed and alcohol; reviewing that portion of the manual is not only smart for avoiding traffic tickets, but it will help keep you safe, as well.
If you haven't already taken a driver education course you might want to consider some training.
A traffic ticket means more than just a fine. True, the fine can be pretty hefty, but the DMV demerit points are long lasting. Once you accumulate points on your driver's license, it becomes vulnerable to suspension. The rules on point accumulation and suspension are specific to your age and the level of violation.
After your conviction, study the DMV Point System and consider a driver improvement program to get as many as 3 points removed. If you don't take the opportunity to reduce your DMV demerit points you could find yourself in a bad spot.
Traffic tickets can affect your insurance rates, too. Remember that insurance companies will send for a copy of your driving record. The calculation an insurance company uses to rate your premium will include any convicted traffic violations and this means an increase in your rates―yet another way that violating traffic rules costs you time and money.
The Bureau of Hearings may get involved in your traffic violation. Because the Bureau of Hearings is not attached to any specific division or bureau, it is considered a fair mechanism for making decisions on DMV complaints and violations.
You may need an attorney if you are pleading not guilty or appealing a traffic conviction decision. The Vehicle Code can be complicated and though the system allows for you to represent yourself, the legal nature of a hearing is often hard for people to navigate.Other Topics in This Section