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Old 08-28-2008, 02:05 PM   #1
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The Speed Limit Sub-Forum has been closed to new posts until further notice. Please respect our wishes and do not post on this topic in other areas of this forum or the moderator may edit or remove your post.

HB 847, as amended, was signed into law by Governor Lynch in July of 2008. This new law (included below) imposes a 45 mph daytime and a 25 mph nighttime speed limit on Lake Winnipesaukee for 2009 and 2010. These speed limits will not exist for 2011 and beyond without additional legislation.

Visitors to this site that are interested in the topic are welcome to search and browse the existing threads. The merits of speed limits on Lake Winnipesaukee were extensively debated on this sub-forum and most arguments for and against have already been included. The ongoing debates and bickering were having a negative effect on the entire Winnipesaukee Forum and most members and the moderator agreed that suspending the debates would be appropriate since the issue is settled for now.

This forum may be reopened if additional legislation regarding speed limits is introduced or if other events justify it.

Thanks to everyone who participated!


In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seven

AN ACT relative to general rules for vessels operating on water.

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

1 New Paragraphs; General Rules for Vessels Operating on Water. Amend RSA 270-D:2 by inserting after paragraph IX the following new paragraphs:

X.(a) No person shall operate a vessel on Lake Winnipesaukee at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the existing conditions and without regard for the actual and potential hazards then existing. In all cases, speed shall be controlled so that the operator will be able to avoid endangering or colliding with any person, vessel, object, or shore.

(b) Where no hazard exists that requires lower speed for compliance with subparagraph (a), the speed of any vessel in excess of the limit specified in this subparagraph shall be prima facie evidence that the speed is not reasonable or prudent and that it is unlawful:

(1) 25 miles per hour during the period from 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise; and

(2) 45 miles per hour at any other time.

(c) The speed limitations set forth in subparagraph (b) shall not apply to vessels when operated with due regard for safety under the direction of the peace officers in the chase or apprehension of violators of the law or of persons charged with, or suspected of, any such violation, nor to fire department or fire patrol vessels, nor to private emergency vessels when traveling to emergencies. This exemption shall not, however, protect the operator of any such vessel from the consequences of a reckless disregard of the safety of others.

(d) The speed limitations set forth in subparagraph (b) shall not apply to boat racing permitted under RSA 270:27.

XI. Any conviction under this section shall be reported to the commissioner of the department of safety, division of motor vehicles, and shall become a part of the motor vehicle driving record of the person convicted.

2 Repeal. RSA 270-D:2, X-XI, relative to speed limits on Lake Winnipesaukee, is repealed.

3 Effective Date.

I. Section 1 of this act shall take effect January 1, 2009.

II. The remainder of this act shall take effect January 1, 2011.
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