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Randolph crash prompts crackdown on license revocations

by Tara Giles
Sports reporter - Coos County Democrat and Berlin Reporter
September 05, 2019
CONCORD — A June crash that took the lives of seven motorcyclists in Randolph has led to a thorough review of New Hampshire Department of Motor Vehicle records. Last Wednesday, Gov. Chris Sununu said no stone was left unturned during this review.

As a result, roughly 4,000 drivers will lose their licenses. The Department was backlogged to the summer of 2016. Now, three years later, over 37,000 infractions have been reviewed.

Officials say the lack of attention to these infractions is due to a lack of automation. Roughly 14,000 notifications should have been sent to other states from New Hampshire and more than 13,000 infractions have been received by New Hampshire, however not reviewed.

In a statement, Sununu said, "It's our job as public officials to go through these reviews to ensure that the systems we have in place across the state truly work for the people that we represent."

The man charged with seven counts of negligent homicide for the Randolph crash, 23 year old Volodymr Zhukowvskyy, should have had his license pulled by the state of Massachusetts for a DUI charge in Connecticut. Authorities say, the state of Massachusetts had over 45,000 convictions and suspensions ignored. According to reports, an employee did review Zhukovskyy's infraction, however did not pull his license because he did not know how to add convictions to a driving record.

In Randolph, the Planning Board is holding a public hearing at the Town Hall on Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. to discuss a memorial for the fallen seven. The memorial is slated to be built near the crash site.

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