Mass. Senate debates on drunk driving law

Posted on May 23rd, 2012 No Comments

The state Senate in Massachusetts is currently debating whether or not to change the language of a drunk driving law that allows many first time OUI offenders to get off scotch free.

State Senators are looking to close the loophole by allowing the Registry of Motor Vehicles to count cases without finding out about a first offense. Earlier in the week, the state Supreme Judicial Court decided that the Registry cannot account for these offenses when determining whether or not he license can be revoked of suspended.

“There’s a very clear need to address this and to do it swiftly,” said State Senate Bruce Tarr. “The unambiguous intent of Melanie’s Law was to target repeat drunk drivers and keep them off the road. In order to do that, we have to be able to count those offenses correctly.” Tarr also said that there is bipartisan support for this bill.

Accident caused by drunk, texting driver

Posted on March 15th, 2012 No Comments

A two-car accident in Uxbridge earlier this week was caused by a 40 year-old man who later admitted he was drunk and texting when the crash occurred. His vehicle hit the driver’s side of another car after he drifted across the street’s solid yellow lines that separates oncoming traffic.

The female driver of the other car was treated for minor head injuries. She complained that her head hurt after she was hit by her car’s broken side mirror that came through her open window.

Authorities soon found the man’s car. Breath tests show his blood alcohol level at 0.21, over the legal limit of 0.08. He has been charged with texting while driving, drunk driving, reckless driving, failing to stay in the right lane, and leaving the scene of an accident with personal injury.

If you or someone you love has been charged with drunk driving, contact the OUI defense attorney James Powderly by calling 508-343-0676.

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