Mass. Senate closes drunken driving loophole

Thursday May 24, 2012

BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts state senators have closed a loophole in the state's drunken driving law so that cases continued without a finding are now counted as a conviction.

The state's highest court recently ruled that people who admit to sufficient facts but are not technically convicted of drunken driving cannot be considered first-time offenders under "Melanie's Law," named for a 13-year-old Marshfield girl struck and killed by a repeat drunken driver in 2003.

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled that motorists who admit there's enough evidence for drunken driving conviction but aren't technically convicted are not subject to certain increased penalties.The Senate voted 37-0 late Wednesday to close the loophole.


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