By NORMA LOVE
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - People can drive faster along a rural section of Interstate 93 in New Hampshire and drink an hour later at local bars with the community's OK starting Jan. 1.
Lawmakers raised the speed limit to 70 mph from mile marker 45 between Exits 17 and 18 in Canterbury to the Vermont border. There's an exception: the stretch through Franconia Notch.
Lawmakers also gave communities the option of letting bars push back last call from 1 a.m. to 2 a.m. State Rep. Mark Warden, the Manchester Republican who sponsored the law, said bars could benefit from staying open during major tourist seasons.
They are among the new laws taking effect in with the New Year ranging from new limits in fertilizer applied to turf to child safety belts.
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