The State of New Hampshire is the only state in the country in which seat belt use is not mandated by law for adults. It is, however, law that any person under the age of 18 must wear a seat belt while in a moving vehicle in New Hampshire. The maximum base fine for the first offense is $50, though additional fees may apply.
Children under the age of 7 or up to 57 inches (4 feet 9 inches) tall must ride in a federally-approved safety seat or booster. The Department of Health and Human Services has five questions parents should ask before moving their child out of a booster seat.
- Can your child sit all the way back against the vehicle seat?
- Do your child’s knees bend comfortably at the edge of the vehicle seat?
- Does the belt cross the shoulder between the neck and arm?
- Is the lap belt as low as possible, touching the thighs?
- Can the child stay seated like this for the whole trip?