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A deadly crash in New Hampshire has exposed a bureaucratic failure at the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles. 

Latham Troop G Commander Major Robert Patnaude with crash victim Sandy LaPlant.
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Heading into Memorial Day weekend, New York State Police are putting drivers on notice: expect a number of sobriety checkpoints and patrols as enforcement efforts are stepped up.

Police in New York state will be cracking down on drunken driving over the busy Memorial Day holiday.

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Just in time for Memorial Day, Albany County District Attorney David Soares has announced a round of traffic safety and policy changes involving the prosecution of vehicular crimes in Albany County.

Connecticut State Police are warning against drunken driving and betting in bars this Super Bowl Sunday.


With the holiday season comes highway tragedies. Despite news stories and negative publicity, drunk driving is on the rise.


Drunken boaters in New York should soon face more severe punishment if they have previous convictions for driving other vehicles while intoxicated.

Nearly two weeks after three Skidmore college students were struck by an alleged drunk driver, college officials are beginning conversations on campus and throughout the community on how to move on from the tragedy that killed a freshman student.

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Former teen idol David Cassidy has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident and driving with an expired tag after a crash in Florida last month.

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U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says the nation should increase funds for the development of high-tech sensors that can disable a car's ignition if its driver is drunk.

New York Congresswoman Nita Lowey and law enforcement officials have been emphasizing drunk driving prevention ahead of New Year’s Eve. But the Rockland County district attorney says the state needs to do more about another type of impaired driving.


A Hudson Valley congresswoman says she will introduce a bill next week that would use technology to keep drunk drivers off the road.

Nita Lowey, the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, will introduce a bill next week when the House of Representatives reconvenes that would push states to require the use of ignition interlock devices for a minimum of six months for all convicted drunk driving offenders. States would face a reduction in federal transportation funding if they do not change their laws by October 1.

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A former upstate New York police officer has been sentenced to three to nine years in prison after admitting responsibility for the driving while intoxicated crash that killed a friend.

Local media outlets report that 23-year-old Mark Fusco pleaded guilty Friday to first-degree vehicular manslaughter for the crash that killed 22-year-old Sean Murphy last year.

Fusco was off-duty as a police officer in the neighboring city of Rensselaer when his car crashed into a tree in the town of East Greenbush, across the Hudson River from Albany.


We are joined in the studio today by two New York State Troopers, Major Martin Hansen and Technical Sergeant Doug Paquette, and we’re talking about the dangers of drunk driving. Are you worried about the roads tonight?

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As we draw nearer to the end of 2013, law enforcement authorities are stepping up their efforts to prevent drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel.  Consumption of alcoholic beverages is part of holiday celebrations. The same can be said for public awareness about the dangers of impaired driving. 

The New York State Thruway Authority and Mothers Against Drunk Driving have kicked off their annual "red ribbon" campaign against drunken driving. 65,000 red ribbons are being handed out to motorists along the Thruway. 

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Relief is the word Ted Dobson used to describe the sentencing of the man who killed his daughter in a drunken driving crash on Route 7 in Sheffield on February 28, 2012.

”I often reconstruct the accident in my mind and think about Weller and his truck crushing Moira’s car, killing her," said Dobson.

5/15/13 - Panel

May 15, 2013

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Drunk Driving

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Alan is joined by Anne Banks and Ted Dobson, whose daughter, Moira Banks-Dobson of Sheffield, Mass., was killed by a drunk driver who had six previous convictions in February of 2012. Her death has led her parents to push for various reforms in the months since. There's more information about their efforts and their daughter's life at moiramemorial.org.

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Governor Peter Shumlin has proposed changing the way courts deal with drunken drivers to reduce the rate of repeat offenders.

The state would set up DUI courts, similar to drug courts, in which judges would monitor the treatment of people with second or third DUI offenses and could impose sanctions and rewards.

Numbers released by the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles show that almost 1,000 drivers with five or more drunk driving convictions are still legally driving in the State. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

The numbers initially obtained from the Registry of Motor Vehicles by the Boston Herald indicate that 947 chronic drunk-drivers with five or more offenses in the Commonwealth are still on the road.

As legislators in the State of Massachusetts and attorney General Martha Coakley are pushing to amend drunk driving laws, a bill has been filed in the House with a new initiative to identify repeat offenders. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…