Publisher's Note: Accident reports
By Jody Reese
If a police officer is involved in an accident, the public should know what happened and why, right? Unfortunately, as the Union Leader’s Joe McQuaid noted in a May 18 editorial, New Hampshire’s driver’s privacy law is being used to shield police (and all public officials) from public accountability — and that’s never a good thing. In fact, all accident reports should be made public. Roads are public and are such an important part of our daily lives that everything that happens on them needs to be available to everyone. Even McQuaid and I can agree on this. Imagine if a city government were allowed to hide that numerous accidents were happening at the same intersection.
The State of New Hampshire needs to revamp its driver privacy law to include provisions that require the release of accident reports — and the names of those who have low-number license plates (I had to get that in there).
Manchester’s Memorial Day weekend won’t be the same. Rock 101 is canceling its annual Sky Show. Thousands would gather in the city to watch the fireworks go off from the Bridge Street bridge. Though trash would abound the next day, it was a great chance for the city to celebrate the beginning of summer. Perhaps city government could work with Rock 101 to figure out a way to put the show on for next year..