2017 New Hampshire Revised Statutes
Title XXI - MOTOR VEHICLES
Chapter 265 - RULES OF THE ROAD
Section 265:15 - Interference With Traffic Devices, Signs, or Signals.

Universal Citation: NH Rev Stat § 265:15 (2017)
    265:15 Interference With Traffic Devices, Signs, or Signals. –
    I. No person shall, without lawful authority, attempt to or in fact alter, deface, injure, knock down other than accidentally, remove, or possess any of the following items, or any part thereof, which have been previously installed by lawful authority:
    (a) Any official control device; or
    (b) Any railroad sign or signal; or
    (c) Any inscription, shield or insignia found on any of the above.
    II. (a) No person shall use or attempt to use any device designed or intended to change, disrupt, or interfere with the operation of a traffic signal.
       (b) A person shall be guilty of a misdemeanor if convicted under this paragraph.

[Introductory paragraph of paragraph II(c) effective until January 1, 2018; see also introductory paragraph of paragraph II(c) set out below.]


       (c) This paragraph shall not apply to:

[Introductory paragraph of paragraph II(c) effective January 1, 2018; see also introductory paragraph of paragraph II(c) set out above.]


       (c) This paragraph shall not apply to the following persons, who shall be permitted to use traffic signal preemption technology for emergency response purposes:
          (1) Federal, state, or local law enforcement personnel while in the course of their official duties.
          (2) Firefighters while in the course of their official duties.
          (3) Emergency medical services personnel while in the course of their official duties.
          (4) State or municipal department of transportation or highway personnel while in the course of their official duties.
       (d) The exemptions set forth in subparagraphs (c)(1)-(c)(4) shall only apply to such personnel when they are operating licensed ambulances, licensed fire apparatus, or government-owned vehicles.

[Paragraph II(e) effective January 1, 2018.]


       (e) This paragraph shall not apply to personnel operating fixed-route public transportation buses while in regularly-scheduled service, who shall be permitted to use traffic signal prioritization technology for congestion management purposes.
    III. The fine for a violation of this section shall be $150.

Source. RSA 262-A:14. 1963, 330:1. 1979, 199:1. 1981, 146:1. 2004, 250:1. 2005, 177:35. 2010, 221:2, eff. June 28, 2010. 2017, 113:1, 2, eff. Jan. 1, 2018.

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