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Massachusetts RMV knew of backlog years before deadly crash

Posted at 3:13 AM, Jul 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-30 17:35:06-04

BOSTON (AP) — The former head of the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles says the families of seven motorcyclists who died in a New Hampshire crash deserved to have someone held accountable for lapses at the agency.

Erin Devaney explained her decision to resign as registrar after it was revealed the agency received but did not act on information that the Massachusetts driver involved in the June 21 crash had been arrested weeks earlier for drunken driving in Connecticut. That arrest could have resulted in the man’s license being suspended.

Devaney and several current registry officials testified Tuesday at a legislative oversight hearing about chronic backlogs in processing notifications of out-of-state violations.

An auditor for the state transportation department said she alerted Devaney and other officials in April to more than 12,800 unprocessed notices.