Judicial Leniency for Drunk Drivers in Massachusetts

A recently-released Supreme Judicial Court study report shows that the Massachusetts judicial system is putting lives at risk on its roadways.  The study shows astonishingly high acquittal rates when drunk driving cases go to trial, with issues of defendants using “judge shopping” tactics, defense attorneys arguing timeframe technicalities for BAC  testing, and courts not allowing a defendant’s refusal of a BAC test to be admitted as evidence.

Watch the Boston Globe video to learn more:

The current system in Massachusetts is broken, and MADD urges legislators to make critical improvements to save lives and prevent injuries, including requiring all convicted drunk drivers to use ignition interlocks for at least six months.

Ignition interlocks are far more effective in reducing drunk driving than license suspension alone, since 50 to 75 percent of people continue to drive with a suspended license. Offenders can continue driving to work or school with an interlock on their vehicle, while also learning to drive sober. In fact, ignition interlocks have been found to reduce repeat drunk driving offenses by two-thirds, and are a key part of MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving®. States such as Oregon and Arizona have seen their drunk driving fatalities cut in half since requiring ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers.

If you are a Massachusetts resident, click here to contact your legislators asking them to support ignition interlocks for all offenders. Or, click here to see if your state is one of the 33 states that do not require ignition interlocks for all offenders and take action!