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New Hampshire Seat Belt Ticket Laws

Posted by Carolyn

There are two types of safety belt laws, primary and secondary. A primary law allows a law enforcement officer to write a ticket if he or she simply observes an unbelted driver or passenger. Under a secondary law, an officer cannot ticket anyone for a safety belt violation unless the motorist is stopped for another infraction. It has been shown that states with primary laws have higher seat belt usage rates then those states that do not have primary laws.

The most significant aspect of New Hampshire seat belt ticket laws is that there are none, primary, secondary or otherwise for adults. The legislature believes that adults should be responsible enough for their safety. Research has shown that wearing a seat belt is the single most effective means of reducing crash related deaths. The number of severe injuries is also greatly reduced by wearing a seat belt, yet there are still those that will not, or do not wear them.

While there are no New Hampshire seat belt ticket laws allowing officers to pull you over and cite you or your adult passengers for not wearing a seat belt, nor is there any provision in the law allowing for damages to be reduced for not wearing seat belts, there are state laws regarding the transport of children.

State law requires that children under age 6 or under 55″ tall be restrained in a federally approved car seat or booster seat that is appropriate for the child’s age and weight. The law in New Hampshire further requires that all children under age 18 must wear a properly fastened seat belt. As a driver and an adult the responsibility falls with you to make sure that occupants of your vehicle are properly restrained, whether they are in infant or child seats, booster seats or wearing their seat belt.

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