The good news coming from New Hampshire’s Department of Motor Vehicles last week was that the state appears to have caught up with and corrected a substantial backlog of driver licenses that should have been suspended. The bad news is that this backlog ever developed; and worse that it took the awful Randolph motorcycle carnage for the state to take remedial action.
State officials, including Gov. Chris Sununu, were quick to note that New Hampshire’s problem was nowhere near that of Massachusetts, where officials had simply stored boxes and boxes of unopened license information with no intention of ever acting on it.
Only after a Massachusetts commercial driver plowed into and killed seven bikers and passengers last summer did the problem come to light. The Bay State trucker’s commercial license would have been suspended had that state taken the proper action.
When this newspaper and other news media inquired about New Hampshire procedures in this regard, we were told that it would take some time to get answers. It seems now that the DMV was aware of a backlog but did not know the scope of its own problem. It came forward last week to announce that the problem had been resolved.
It wasn’t as big as the Bay State’s, but the New Hampshire issue wasn’t insignificant. Nearly 4,000 licenses have been suspended as a result of the review. That includes seven commercial truckers, any of whom could have been on our highways driving potentially deadly weapons.
Gov. Sununu said he will attempt to work with the Legislature to revise state laws that hamper or even deny the sharing of certain driver license information with other states. Such “privacy” laws have no place when it comes to people using the public’s roads and highways. They should be reversed at the earliest opportunity.