Jackson Police Chief Chris Perley wants to take a moment to let you know about a new rule regarding accident reports in the State of New Hampshire. These rules effect your ability to obtain a report should you be involved in an accident that requires one. New Hampshire RSA 260:14 states that only the N.H. Divsion of Motor Vehicles has the authority to release state accident reports. This rule is in keeping with the N.H. Driver Privacy Act. This act is designed to protect your personal identification information from being obtained improperly. As you are aware, driver and vehicle information contains a lot of sensitive material. This information is needed by the Police, and ultimately the DMV, to complete accident reports that are required by law. The Driver Privacy Act tries to balance the needs of the State with the privacy interests of individuals.
One way of fulfilling this goal is to control access to accident reports by requiring all requests to go through the State DMV. Although somewhat more officious than in the past, this law is designed to protect YOU and your personal information. As such, the Jackson Police Department is prohibited from filling accident report requests from any individual, business or insurance company. All such requests must be made through the NH DMV using a specific form entitled, Form DSMV 505. These forms are available on-line from the DMV or as a service to our residents, also available at Jackson Police Headquarters. Officers of the Jackson Police Department will also distribute them at accident scenes if requested. Of course, as always, if you have any question, don't hesitate to ask.
Jeremy Davis will be presenting "Lost Ski Areas of the White Mountains" at the Whitney Community Center on Thursday, March 30, at 7 p.m. The White Mountains of New Hampshire are world-renowned for the array of skiing opportunities offered to every skier, from beginner to gold medal Olympian. Today, over a dozen resorts entice tourists and locals each year with their well-manicured trails, high-speed lifts and slope-side lodging. But scattered throughout this region, the ghosts of former ski areas can still be found. In the White Mountains alone, 60 ski areas have closed since the 1930s.