On the weekend of the ride to honor the Fallen 7 killed in the Randolph motorcycle mayhem last month, it was discouraging to read that New Hampshire may not be doing all it should to prevent future such disasters.

Massachusetts had not pulled the commercial license of the driver who struck and killed the Randolph riders because pertinent information from the man’s Connecticut record lay in a box of unsorted violations.

When this newspaper checked with New Hampshire’s Department of Safety, expecting to be told, “That can’t happen here,” we were instead informed that the state was unprepared to answer.

“It’s not a simple conversation,” a Department of Safety spokesman said. “At this time, I can’t get into details. Most of the questions are not going to have a simple yes/no answer.”

Spokesman Michael Todd then pointed to a 2013 state law that prohibits New Hampshire’s participation in some federal database exchanges.

This would be one of former state Rep. Neal Kurk’s many efforts to keep private what should be public information. (Kurk is currently on the warpath against Manchester wanting to place security cameras on public streets.)

The current House Transportation Committee chairman says the 2013 law’s intent was to prevent government overreaching. “It’s another thing if you’ve broken the law and we need to tell people,” said Rep. George Sykes, D-Lebanon.

Sykes is “glad to hear the governor has asked for a review” of just whether or not New Hampshire law and policy work to catch drivers who shouldn’t be on the road.

That review can’t come soon enough. If the law, or the interpretation of it, needs changing, let’s get it done.

We don’t want to see New Hampshire complicit in another Randolph.

Sunday, April 11, 2021
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Friday, April 02, 2021

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021
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