Speeding Laws in New Hampshire

Speeding

speeding laws in NH

Speeding is probably the most common motor vehicle infraction. Unfortunately most people line up, like goats to the slaughter, and simply pay the speeding ticket without any second thought to the collateral consequences of doing so. While this scheme is a wonderful money generator for the

Government, this is not so great for your wallet, insurance premium and your motor vehicle record.

The interesting section of the speeding statute:

The New Hampshire speeding statute is RSA 265:60. The first section of the speeding statute, RSA 265:60, is most interesting. This section states, in part:

  • No person shall drive a vehicle on a way at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard to the actual and potential hazards then existing.

The Issue:

I am running late for my court date in Concord. I’m on the highway traveling 68MPH in a 55MPH zone. I get pulled over. Assuming that the weather is clear and the road is dry how this is unreasonable or not prudent given the existing conditions? Food for thought…

Other issues when you fight the ticket:

Was the radar properly calibrated? Was the officer or trooper properly trained and certified? Does the officer have the proper certification with him/her on the day of trial? What is the radar’s error rate?

In addition to the legal issues, often times there are creative and practical ways to deal with a speeding ticket other than simply pleading guilty. One alternative is to suggest completing a Safe Driver Program in exchange for the State dropping the ticket.

Consequences:

Speeding is a violation. The fine usually depends upon how fast you were traveling over the posted speed limit. Speeding is a “minor” motor vehicle violation towards certification as a Habitual Offender. A speeding conviction will also lead to demerit points being assessed.

If you have been given a speeding ticket, or are facing any type of driving offense, give us a call (or send an email).

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