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For Immediate Release
January 14, 2018
For more information contact:
Lieutenant Jeffrey Ladieu
(603) 223-8500

Winter Weather Driving

The New Hampshire State Police would like to take this opportunity to remind the motoring public of their responsibilities to slow down when driving in hazardous conditions, particularly in poor weather conditions. Driving on our roadways is a partnership, and the motoring public is our greatest partner. We all have a responsibility in helping to keep our roadways safe; please do your part.

Winter weather has always been a challenge for drivers. We've even experienced cruisers being struck within this timeframe; all while Troopers were covering crashes. If highly visible vehicles are being stuck while off to the side of the roadway with their emergency lights activated, what could happen to someone driving a vehicle that is less visible? Please help us to keep our roadways safe as we travel throughout the State of New Hampshire.

The following law will help remind our greatest partner, the motoring public, of their responsibilities while operating a motor vehicle and helping to keep our roadways safe; RSA 265:37-a, Motorist Duties When Approaching Highway Emergencies (commonly referred to as the 'Move Over Law').

265:37-a Motorist Duties When Approaching Highway Emergencies. – When in or approaching an incident involving a fire, collision, disaster, or other emergency resulting in partial or complete blockage of a highway, or a location where a police officer has made a traffic stop, every driver other than the driver of an emergency response vehicle, shall:

I. Maintain a reduced speed.
II. Obey the directions of any authorized person directing traffic and of all applicable emergency signals and traffic control devices.
III. Vacate as soon as possible any lane wholly or partially blocked.
IV. Give a wide berth, without endangering oncoming traffic, to public safety personnel, any persons in the roadway, and stationary vehicles displaying blue, red, or amber emergency or warning lights.

The winter season has just begun…please slow down when driving in inclement weather and move over.

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