Lawmakers want unlicensed NH drivers arrested
State Rep. Robert Cushing, D-Hampton, is filing legislation that would make driving without a valid license an arrestable offense.
Those who have no license can be cited for a violation-level offense, but authorities said they can't be arrested.
"I think this probably slipped through the cracks a bit with the legislation," he said.
"There needs to be something more than a light slap on the wrist," Rice said. "In the case of what happened in Hampton, the person never had a license, so they couldn't arrest her legally."
"Driver's licenses are issued for a purpose, to show that somebody is qualified to operate a motor vehicle. If you never bothered to get one, that's saying, 'I don't care about the law and I have no regard for it,'" Rice said.
State Sen. Nancy Stiles, R-Hampton, said she will also likely co-sponsor the bill.
Stiles said she still needs to review the current law more closely first.
Hampton Deputy Police Chief Richard Sawyer said that if someone is arrested for operating without a valid driver's license, that person would likely be eligible for personal recognizance bail.
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