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Mass. Senate Closes Loophole In Drunk Driving Law

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BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts state senators have voted to close a loophole in the state’s drunken driving law so that cases continued without a finding are now counted as a conviction.

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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 a 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.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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