- Associated Press - Thursday, April 27, 2017

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire state officials have overruled a decades-old policy of local police stations giving accident reports to the public.

New Hampshire Public Radio (https://bit.ly/2p7QDC0 ) reports the Department of Motor Vehicles is now handling accident reports. Officials warned police chiefs that releasing accident reports is a misdemeanor and charging money for access to the documents is a felony offense.

Tuftonboro Police Chief Andy Shagoury says he handed out accident reports for the past three decades. Shagoury, the first vice president of the state association of police chiefs, says residents are upset by the change.

The state Senate is facing a proposal to return the release of accident reports to police departments, which Shagoury says he supports.

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Information from: WEVO-FM, https://www.nhpr.org/

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