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Sat Jul 6, 2019, 08:41 PM

Nearly 900 Massachusetts drivers suspended in wake of deadly motorcycle crash in New Hampshire

Source: USA Today

Nearly 900 drivers suspended in wake of deadly motorcycle crash in New Hampshire

Joey Garrison, USA TODAY Published 4:46 p.m. ET July 5, 2019 | Updated 1:41 p.m. ET July 6, 2019

BOSTON The embattled Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles has suspended an additional 330 drivers whose past violations in other states had gone unprocessed after thousands of notices piled up in mail bins inside a registry facility for the past 15 months.

The RMV's lapse in processing out-of-state suspensions was discovered in the aftermath of a horrific crash in Randolph, New Hampshire, in which Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, a 23-year-old truck driver, crossed a double-yellow line, collided with a group of bikers and killed seven motorcyclists.

In all, 876 Massachusetts drivers whose out-of-state traffic infractions had previously been overlooked have now had their licenses suspended in the two weeks since a deadly motorcycle crash in New Hampshire exposed severe deficiencies within the RMV.

A total of 1,106 new suspensions including alcohol-related violations that weren't tracked have been processed. Some drivers have accounted for multiple suspensions.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, and the state's transportation secretary, Stephanie Pollack, provided the updated figures at a news conference Friday, vowing to fix the problems that have plagued the RMV. That includes an RMV staff reorganization.

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Read more: https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/2019/07/05/motorcycle-crash-randolph-new-hampshire-7-dead-drivers-suspended-dui-bikers/1658940001/


This photo provided by Miranda Thompson shows the scene where several motorcycles and a pickup truck collided on a rural, two-lane highway Friday, June 21, 2019 in Randolph, N.H. New Hampshire State Police said a 2016 Dodge 2500 pickup truck collided with the riders on U.S. 2 Friday evening. The cause of the deadly collision is not yet known. The pickup truck was on fire when emergency crews arrived. (Photo: Miranda Thompson, AP)

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Reply Nearly 900 Massachusetts drivers suspended in wake of deadly motorcycle crash in New Hampshire (Original post)
Eugene Jul 2019 OP
customerserviceguy Jul 2019 #1
Sherman A1 Jul 2019 #4
NutmegYankee Jul 2019 #6
customerserviceguy Jul 2019 #8
Drahthaardogs Jul 2019 #9
customerserviceguy Jul 2019 #11
NutmegYankee Jul 2019 #10
customerserviceguy Jul 2019 #12
912gdm Jul 2019 #15
KentuckyWoman Jul 2019 #2
Sherman A1 Jul 2019 #3
ProudLib72 Jul 2019 #5
NutmegYankee Jul 2019 #7
TheBlackAdder Jul 2019 #13
ProudLib72 Jul 2019 #14

Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sat Jul 6, 2019, 09:12 PM

1. Wow

that's some heavy incompetence by the paper pushers.

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Response to customerserviceguy (Reply #1)

Sat Jul 6, 2019, 09:24 PM

4. Hopefully there will be some consequences

for the failure to complete these revocations before this accident.

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Response to customerserviceguy (Reply #1)

Sat Jul 6, 2019, 09:43 PM

6. Is it incompetance or understaffing?

A chronically understaffed department can't keep up using overtime - it burns people out.

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Response to NutmegYankee (Reply #6)

Sat Jul 6, 2019, 10:15 PM

8. If it is a staffing issue

then a supervisor is responsible. You have to be able to go to those over you and say, "My department can't process the work, we need help before somebody is killed." And if that manager-supervisor has declined to reallocate resources, then it's on them.

Somebody's responsible for not getting the job done.

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Response to customerserviceguy (Reply #8)

Sat Jul 6, 2019, 10:18 PM

9. Not necessarily.

I'm a supervisor and HR keeps saying there is a hiring freeze.

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Reply #9)

Sat Jul 6, 2019, 10:41 PM

11. Two questions

Would you have the flexibility to re-prioritize work in your office?

Is there anything done by the people under your supervision that could result in someone's death?

If it were me, I'd make sure my ass was covered with memos and such for the eventual lawsuit.

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Response to customerserviceguy (Reply #8)

Sat Jul 6, 2019, 10:34 PM

10. I would argue it is the head of the agency.

Supervisor cannot do anything if they are not allocated money. A quick read of the story seems to imply the computer system was probably intended to reduce/eliminate employees.

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Response to NutmegYankee (Reply #10)

Sun Jul 7, 2019, 12:38 AM

12. Somebody knew there was a problem

and as Pete Buttigieg says,"I didn't get it done." I doubt we will see as much candor in this situation.

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Response to customerserviceguy (Reply #12)

Sun Jul 7, 2019, 01:19 AM

15. nice little hit.

n/t

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sat Jul 6, 2019, 09:17 PM

2. Another reason why we need good media.

Politicians not giving a shit until people die and the media hammers them for not doing their jobs. These happen to be Republicans - from what I've seen it usually is.

We need good media.

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Response to KentuckyWoman (Reply #2)

Sat Jul 6, 2019, 09:23 PM

3. Yes, we certainly do

Just wish that there was some available .

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sat Jul 6, 2019, 09:37 PM

5. Ok, but how do you actually keep them from getting behind the wheel?

Not to sound snide, but there are plenty of people driving with suspended licenses, revoked licenses, or no license at all. I have seen a lot of severely expired plates, too. In a bigger city, it would pretty easy to go unnoticed for a long time.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #5)

Sat Jul 6, 2019, 09:45 PM

7. Most drivers with suspended licenses get the attention of police again.

as well as wrecker trucks...

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #5)

Sun Jul 7, 2019, 01:00 AM

13. This seems to target a dysfunctional CDL program, and truckers are stopped for weighing, docs, etc.

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Reply #13)

Sun Jul 7, 2019, 01:08 AM

14. I agree wholeheartedly with their effort to crack down

And certainly this would stop the truckers who need to be stopped. I'm sort of venting on my own here from my experiences with people who should not be driving. I'm really not sure how much more the police and DMVs could do.

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