Articles Tagged with drunk driving

The head of the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles resigned this week after revelations that the department should have already suspended the commercial driver’s license of the man responsible for killing seven motorcycle riders in a horrific crash last weekend.

The car hauler he was driving collided with a group of motorcycle riders who were veterans and members of the Marine Jarheads motorcycle club enroute with their spouses to a nearby fundraiser. The defendant, a 23-year-old Springfield truck driver, has pleaded not guilty to seven counts of vehicular homicide.

Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack announced the resignation of Erin Deveney, registrar of the Massachusetts RMV, effective immediately after revelations the trucker was able to keep his Massachusetts commercial operator’s license, despite a history of serious traffic infractions, including a drunk driving arrest last month in Connecticut. Even more recently,  WCVB-TV reported Tuesday, he was involved in a June 3 rollover crash on an interstate in Texas. He also was arrested for drunk driving in 2013, and had his license suspended.

According to a recent article from Mass Live, some legislators, including State Rep. Bradley H. Jones Jr., feel that the criminal penalties for drunk driving in Massachusetts are not severe enough. Under the current law, if you are arrested for operating under the influence (OUI), you will likely be given a pre-trial diversion deal that will let you avoid having a criminal conviction on your record.

gavel6-300x225For a second or subsequent offense, when you have already had your driver’s license revoked or suspended, the maximum you will get is two and a half years in a county house of corrections.  The county house of corrections is not the same as a state prison, which is called a Massachusetts Correctional Institution (MCI).  For Suffolk County, were Boston is located, the house of corrections is South Bay. Continue reading

The 39-year-old victim in a serious drunk driving car crash in Weymouth is finally walking again with the assistance of a crutch.  The accident occurred in February, and at that time, doctors did not know if he would ever walk again. His total injuries included a brain hemorrhage, a dissected aorta, a heavily damaged liver, one broken leg, a shattered knee that had to be replaced, the destruction of his abdominal muscle to the point where it had to be replaced, and a shattered diaphragm, according to a recent news feature from CBS Boston.

traffic ticketHe was walking on the sidewalk when this horrific drunk driving crash occurred, and he was completely run over by the driver before the driver crashed into another car.  When police arrived, they investigated the cause of the nearly fatal car accident while EMTs attempted to stabilize the victim for transport. As part of the drunk driving investigation, they asked the driver of the car to perform a series of standardized field sobriety tests. He was said to have fallen on his face on the concrete while attempting to perform these sobriety tests. Police alleged that he was not only operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol (OUI), but was also high on drugs at the time of the tragic car accident. Continue reading