New Hampshire

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State Coverage Requirements

Coverage Type

State Coverage Requirements

Bodily Injury Liability

$25,000 limit per person / $50,000 limit per accident

Property Damage Liability

$25,000 limit

Collision

Not required, but recommended

Comprehensive

Not required, but recommended

Medical Expenses

$1,000 limit

Personal Injury Protection (PIP)

Not required

Uninsured Motorist

$25,000 limit per person / $50,000 limit per accident (bodily injury) / $25,000 limit (property damage)

Underinsured Motorist

Combined with uninsured motorist coverage

Property Protection (PPI)

Not required

Average rates vs National Average

National AVG.

New Hampshire AVG.

source: www.iii.org

Cellphone/Texting

Explained

Hand-Held Cell Phone Ban:

In the state of New Hampshire, an officer can give a driver a citation for holding a cell phone even if no other driving offenses are taking place. Effective July of 2015.

All Cell Phone Use Ban for Novice Drivers:

Novice drivers cannot use a cell phone at all while driving.

Texting Ban:

In New Hampshire, text messaging is banned for all drivers.

DUI Laws

Explained

The legal limit for a blood alcohol concentration (BAC):

The legal limit for a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) while driving is 0.08. It is a crime to drive with a BAC at this number or above it.

Increased penalty for high BAC:

There's an increased penalty for drivers with a BAC of 0.16 or above.

1st offense Suspension:

Administrative license suspension on the 1st offense: In New Hampshire, law enforcers can confiscate a first-time offender's driver's license for 6 months if he or she exceeds the legal limit.

Ignition Interlocks:

These are devices installed in the cars of convicted drunk drivers, which analyze the breath or the driver before starting the vehicle and disable the ignition if alcohol is detected. New Hampshire made the installation of ignition interlocks mandatory for high BAC offenders.

Repeat Offenders:

Minimum penalties for repeat offenders include suspension of driving privileges for no less than one year, impoundment or immobilization of any and all of the offender's vehicles, or the installation of ignition interlocks to all vehicles owned by the offender, mandatory alcohol assessment and treatment, and a sentence of at least five days of imprisonment or 30 days of community service for a second-time offender. Third-time and further offenders can see at least ten days of imprisonment or 60 days of community service.

Open Container Law:

Drivers may only transport alcohol in their vehicles if it is in its original sealed container. If drivers wish to transport open containers of alcohol, the containers must remain in the trunk or in the area of the vehicle least accessible to the driver.

Graduated Drivers License

Explained

Learner Stage:

(Supervised driving, to be completed with a driving test): At 15 years and six months of age, individuals can begin driving with supervision. In this stage, the new drivers are required to get 40 hours of supervised driving, 10 of which need to be at night.

Intermediate Stage:

Min. Age: 16
Night Driving Restriction: 1am-4am
Passenger Restriction: No more than 1 passenger under 25 (first 6 months)

(Some limits are applied to unsupervised drivers in high-risk situations): Drivers who passed the driver's test at 16 are now unsupervised drivers in the intermediate stage. These drivers are not allowed to drive between the hours of 1am and 4am and cannot drive with more than one passenger under the age of 25 for the first six months.

Full Privilege Age:

Age: 17 and 1 month

(Full driver's license): At the age of 17 and one month, New Hampshire drivers can now get a standard driver's license without any restrictions. At 16 and 6 months, the passenger restrictions end.

Speed Limit

Car

Truck

Rural Interstates:

SPEED LIMIT
65 MPH
SPEED LIMIT
65 MPH

Urban Interstates:

SPEED LIMIT
65 MPH
SPEED LIMIT
65 MPH

Other Limited Access Roads:

SPEED LIMIT
55 MPH
SPEED LIMIT
55 MPH

Page Source: ghsa.org

New Hampshire
Department of Insurance

Website: www.nh.gov/insurance/
Address: 21 S Fruit St #14, Concord, NH 03301
Phone: (603) 271-2261

New Hampshire
DMV Information

Website:  www.state.nj.us/mvc/
Phone:  888-486-3339 toll-free in NJ or 609-292-6500 out-of-state
Call Center Hours:
 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Monday through Friday

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