Under primary enforcement laws, all drivers are banned from using hand-held wireless communication devices; those under 18 are banned from using any type of cell phone, and text messaging is prohibited for all vehicle operators.
Any child under the age seven and standing 57 inches tall or less must be secured in an approved child safety restraint. Children age seven to 17 and who are stand taller than 57 inches can use adult safety belts when the fit correctly. The fine for failing to secure a child properly is $50 for a first offense.
Anyone who operates a motor vehicle while being above the legal limit for alcohol will have their license suspended for at least six months. The penalties are enhanced for drivers with a BAC of .16 or higher, including mandatory ignition interlock device installation.
The state does not have a mandatory helmet law for motorcyclists. However, bicyclists under the age of 16 must wear a helmet.
Under the Graduated Driver’s License system, new operators are eligible for a learner’s permit at age 15 years and six months, an intermediate, restricted license at age 16, and full privileges at age 17.
Mature drivers must renew their license every five years, and those aged 75 or older must take the road test to renew.
Sobriety checkpoints are conducted throughout the state on a weekly basis.
Penalties for speeding in a work zone with workers present are enhanced to $200 to $500.
New Hampshire does not have a seat belt law for vehicle passengers over the age of 18.