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New speed limit and child restraint laws impact New Hampshire drivers

New Hampshire residents recently celebrated the start of a new year, and with the start of 2014 come some new laws that could have impact the safety of the state's drivers and passengers. One recently instituted law raises the speed limit along portions of the state's Interstate 93. Another changes the child safety restraint requirements for children aged seven and younger.

The speed limit increase impacts those drivers who travel along I-93. Previously, drivers were allowed to travel a maximum of 65 MPH. As of Jan. 1, however, drivers are now allowed to travel up to 70 MPH. While many drivers likely welcome the opportunity to drive faster, increased speeds may also lead to an increase in car accidents.

Speeding is often associated with an increase in accidents and crashes as cars traveling at faster speeds may be unable to stop or take evasive action to avoid crashing into another vehicle that may have slowed or stopped.

In addition to an increased speed limit along I-93, new requirements also went into effect for passengers who are age seven and under. Previously, children within this age group were required to use child safety restraints until they were 4 feet 7 inches. As of Jan. 1, children under the age seven must now comply with child safety restraint laws until they are at least 4 feet 9 inches.

New Hampshire drivers and passengers who are injured in a car accident may suffer painful injuries. In many cases, those injured are forced to seek both immediate and ongoing medical care. Injuries suffered in car accidents are not only physically painful, but also often result in financial burdens associated with medical bills and lost wages.

Source: Insurance Journal, "Drive Faster, Drink Later Among New Hampshire’s New Laws," Normal Love, Dec. 30, 2013

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