man drives four wheeler

Share this story

Stricter fines for snowmobile, OHRV violations?

Apr 02, 2019

BY: Citizens Count

On Thursday, April 4 the New Hampshire House of Representatives will vote on a bill to increase the fines for OHRV (off-highway recreational vehicles) and snowmobile violations. 

The bill, HB 630, increases fines as follows: 

  • Speeding: increase from $70 to $124 if up to 24 mph over the limit, $248 if 25 mph or more over the limit 
  • Violating equipment laws, for example regarding exhaust systems: increase from $120 to $248 
  • Operating an unregistered OHRV or snowmobile: increase from $120 to $248 
  • Operating on private property without permission: increase from $70 to $248 

Arguments for higher fines 

Supporters of HB 630 argue the current fines are too low to deter lawbreaking.  They note that it does not cost that much more to pay a fine than it does to register an OHRV or snowmobile, so operators don’t see much risk in skipping registration or violating other laws. 

Some offenders even request selfies with the ticketing officers, as if the fines are a joke.  

When OHRV and snowmobile operators break the law, particularly trespassing, it can lead to property owners closing trails, which hurts all outdoor recreation enthusiasts. 

Arguments against higher fines 

Opponents argue higher fines are just a cash grab by the state.   

They note that the fines do not compensate private property owners for any damage from trespassing. 

Rep. John Burt wrote, “The state should not profit from private property damage done by an OHRV or snowmobile.” 


John Bottomley
- North Hampton

Sat, 04/06/2019 - 6:09pm


Joe Webster
- Hooksett

Sat, 04/06/2019 - 6:31pm

Increase the fines. It will encourage irresponsible OHRV and snowmobile owners to follow the law.


Log in or register to post comments

Join Citizens Count

Join our constantly growing community. Membership is free and supports our efforts to help NH citizens become informed and engaged. 


©2018 Live Free or Die Alliance | The Live Free or Die Alliance is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.