New Hampshire mulls immunity to stop unfit drivers

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire is considering whether to protect doctors and other medical professionals from lawsuits if they report someone who is unfit to drive a car.

Supporters argue the immunity protection will encourage doctors to file the reports out of a concern for the safety of the patient and others. Critics say people with medical concerns might be less likely to seek treatment if they fear losing their driving privileges in a state with little public transportation. They also say it violates doctor-patient confidentiality.

The medical provider would have to base the report on a clinical evaluation. All reports made to the division of motor vehicles would be treated as motor vehicle records.

The state Senate Transportation Committee is holding a hearing on the bill Tuesday afternoon.


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