New Hampshire HB 372 – Motorist duties when approaching a highway emergency
Relative to motorist duties when approaching highway emergenciesFull Bill Text
UPDATE May 13, 2019: Signed by Gov. Sununu into law.
UPDATE April 11, 2019: Ought to Pass: Motion Adopted per voice vote
UPDATE April 1, 2019: Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 04/11/2019; Vote 5-0; Consent Calendar Senate Calendar 17
UPDATE March 21, 2019: Introduced to Senate and referred to Transportation Committee. Hearing set for March 26.
UPDATE February 14, 2019: Full House voted Ought to Pass: Motion Adopted Voice Vote
This bill was introduced January 3, 2019 and referred to the House Transportation Committee. It would expand the requirement that motorists give a wide berth to all vehicles, rather than only stationary vehicles, displaying blue, red, or amber emergency or warning lights on roadways. The committee voted 18 – 0, “Ought to Pass.”
The NMA opposes this bill because a) the state already has a “move over” statute with regard to roadside emergency vehicles with flashing lights, and b) the bill would mandate increased fines a predetermined allocation: “Fine revenue collected by the courts is credited to the highway fund and fine revenue collected by the Department of Safety (plea-by-mail) is credited as agency income to the department.”