N.H.: New boating safety law signed by Sununu 

June 18, 2024

Gov. Chris Sununu signed H.B.1046, which targets boater safety, into law on June 11, 2024. Effective Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2025, this new law requires that boat operators involved in accidents resulting in death, injury, or property damage must immediately stop and assist those affected. They also must exchange contact information and vessel registration information and other relevant information to the involved parties or to the nearest marine patrol or police officer if the parties are unable to receive the information. 

Additionally, within 15 days of the accident, operators must submit a detailed written report to the Department of Safety if there is any injury, death or property damage exceeding $2,000. Failure to file required reports or comply with regulations regarding property damage or immediate incident notification is a Class A misdemeanor for individuals and a felony for organizations. If the non-compliance involves death, personal injury, or knowingly providing false information, it is a Class B felony. 

What this means for agents

As independent insurance agents, it’s crucial to inform your clients about the new upcoming boating safety law.  

This law emphasizes the importance of responsibility and accountability in boating accidents, aiming to enhance safety on New Hampshire waters. Encouraging your boating clients to familiarize themselves with these new requirements before they take effect can help prevent legal issues and promote a safer boating environment for everyone. 

Theophilus Alexander
PIA Northeast

Theophilus W. Alexander joined PIA Northeast as a government & industry affairs specialist for the Government & Industry Affairs Department in 2023. Prior to joining PIA, Theo had served in both houses of the New York State Legislature. Previously, he worked as a legislative analyst for Hon. New York State Sen. Samra G. Brouk, D-55, and he served at the New York State Assembly, as a policy analyst with New York Assembly Program & Counsel. Theo received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics from Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y.

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