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N.H. considers immunity for reporting unfit drivers

Legislation that would protect New Hampshire doctors and other medical professionals from lawsuits if they report someone who is unfit to drive a car is running into a potential roadblock in the state Senate. No one testified against the bill Tuesday at a Transportation Committee hearing, but committee members said that they are concerned drivers could be inconvenienced if the reports are unfounded. Supporters said the immunity will encourage doctors to file the reports out of a concern for the safety of the patient and others. But Senator David Boutin said the bill does not provide enough protections for the elderly resident who lives alone and needs to drive.

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