New Hampshire Driving and Traffic Laws


Every state in the United States has its own strict code of rules and regulations. These rules must never be broken and must be adhered to very strictly and respectfully. The state of New Hampshire follows the Tort system. The Tort system means that in case of an accident, a person has to be found responsible. This person and his insurance company or finances will play for the damages caused due to the accident. New Hampshire also follows the financial responsibility laws. The laws of the state of New Hampshire do not require every driver to have an insurance policy. However, it requires them to carry proof of finances that can cover the cost of damages in case of an accident. However, many people elect to go in for auto insurance.

New Hampshire also uses the commonly used points systems. New Hampshire awards demerit points based on the seriousness of the offense or violation committed. The points are accumulated and if enough are accumulated, it may lead to further action. These might include suspension of the driving license or even revocation of the license. After certain numbers of points are accumulated, it becomes mandatory for the person to carry an auto insurance policy as well. It also becomes mandatory for people convicted for a DUI.

The one point violations are very simple and minor violations. These are very minor penalties and can be caused by very simple violations which many overlook. Collection of six points can lead to a penalty and these can be collected in very small time. Therefore, the drivers on New Hampshire roads must be very careful. Some of the one point violations include driving an unregistered vehicle or driving a car that has no been inspected properly. Driving without a valid driver’s license is also a one point violation.

Two point violations are slightly more serious violations. These violations include failure to furnish a driver’s license when an officer of the law asks you to. A person driving with a suspended or a revoked license would also be a two point violation. A restricted license has certain rules and regulations imposed on it. Any person found in violation of these rules with a restricted license will face a two point violation. Many drivers drive a class of vehicles not allowed on their vehicles. This is also a two point level violation. Driving a motorcycle without the right license also earns you two demerit points. Disobeying the direct orders of a police officer earns you two points.

The next class is the three point violation. These are the most common of all the violations and offenses. These include failure to obey a traffic control device such as traffic lights. Tailgating or following too closely is also a very common three point violation. Driving on a sidewalk would earn you three demerit points. If you do not yield the right way, you will be awarded three demerit points. Some other offenses include not utilizing the turn signals or backing up illegally or speeding more than twenty five miles above the speed limit.