Back on the Road

Number 17588
Subject Criminal Justice System
Source WHDH-TV (Boston)
State MA
Year 2000
Publication Date Nov. 20
Summary A WHDH-TV investigation reveals "a dangerous loophole in the state's criminal justice system that allowed drivers convicted of drunk driving, vehicular homicide, driving to endanger and other criminal driving offenses to stay on the road - legally!" The story details "countless cases where a driver had their license suspended by a judge, but it remained valid or active because the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles was never told of the court conviction." The report reveals that this problem stems form the lack of "a computerized link between the court and the registry," and "huge gaps" in the paperwork trail. The reporters find cases delayed up to six years in some counties.
Category Contest Entry
Pages 9
Keywords TAPE;TRANSCRIPT;police;law enforcement;courts;judges;teenagers
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