New Hampshire Speeding Laws

Basic Speed Law: A person shall not drive a vehicle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard to the actual an potential hazards then existing. NH § 265:60

Penalty for Exceeding Speed Limit

A first time violator may be:

  • fined not more than $1,000, and
  • the violator’s license may be suspended not more than 30 days.

Penalty for Reckless Driving

A first time violator may be:

  • fined between $250 and $500, and
  • the violator’s license may be revoked for 60 days.

Speed Limits

  • 65 MPH on the interstate system and other highways designated via statute
  • 55 MPH on other highways
  • 35 MPH in rural residential districts and class V highways outside the compact part of a city or town
  • 30 MPH in a business or urban residential district
  • 10 MPH below the usual posted speed limit in a school zone
  • 10 MPH below the usual posted speed limit but in no case more than 45 MPH on a portion of a highway where persons are at work on highway

Point System

A person 21 years old or older is subject to either a 3 month, 6 month or 1 year suspension if they respectively accumulate either 12 points within 1 year, 18 points within 2 years or 24 points within 3 years. A person 18 or older but less than 21 years old is subject to either a 3 month, 6 month or 1 year suspension if they respectively accumulate either 9 points within 1 year, 15 points within 2 years or 21 points within 3 years. And, a person less than 18 years old is subject to either a 3 month, 6 month or 1 year suspension if they respectively accumulate either 6 points within 1 year, 12 points within 2 years or 18 points within 3 years. The following points have been assigned for speeding or speed related violations: Racing on the highway or reckless driving-6 points; exceeding the speed limit by more than 25 MPH-4 points; not driving in the right lane when operating a slow moving vehicle-4 points; and, exceeding the speed limit by less than 25 MPH-3 points. 

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