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Massachusetts Working to Eliminate Glitch at Registry of Motor Vehicles

Last July, a state auditor’s office discovered that in 2005 and 2006 as many as 9,000 drivers had valid driver’s licenses for two to four years after a judge ordered their licenses suspended. The glitch in the Registry of Motor Vehicle’s system meant that some repeat drunk drivers may have used valid licenses for years after they were supposed to be permanently revoked. Until recently, the case dispositions were handled by ground mail, which may have delayed license suspensions.

An internal review revealed that 988 Massachusetts drivers who were convicted of vehicular homicide or DUI between 2003 and 2008 did not have their licenses suspended. The Registry was also missing records for nearly two thousand criminal case dispositions. According to a spokesperson for the Registry, many of the drivers already had their licenses suspended for other offenses.

This week, registry and court officials announced that 58 of Massachusetts’s 62 district courts can electronically transfer driving-related convictions to the RMV at the end of each day to avoid delays or miscommunications.

Registry computer glitch kept suspended drivers on the road, WickedLocal.com, March 23, 2009
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