|For Immediate Release
Thursday, February 26, 2009
|Contact: Sgt. Joshua Dirth
Big Lake Boating Speed Limits In Effect This Season
Gilford, NH - Boating speed limits on Lake Winnipesaukee, the state’s largest lake will be in place for the first time during the 2009 boating season. The speeds of 45 miles per hour in the daytime and 25 miles per hour at night were passed by the Legislature last year and took effect on Jan. 1, 2009.
"We hope the boating community will help embrace this new endeavor for added safety on the waters," said Sgt. Joshua Dirth of the NH Marine Patrol. "It is important for all boaters to understand the seriousness and potential repercussions of not adhering to this statute. Unlike most boating violations that do not affect their state motor vehicle record, a conviction under these provisions will be reported to the Division of Motor Vehicles and will become a part of their motor vehicle driving record."
The provisions of the new speed restrictions on Lake Winnipesaukee are spelled out in RSA 270-D:2 X and XI. The new speed limits include:
- 25 miles per hour during the period from one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise; AND
- 45 miles per hour at any other time
- No person shall operate a vessel 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 the operator will be able to avoid endangering or colliding with any person, vessel, object, or shore
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 The NH Marine Patrol is posting signs to make boaters aware of the new law in high traffic areas around the Lakes Region, including public docks, public launch ramps, marinas, hotels and restaurants.