SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – In 2013, nearly 13,000 people were arrested for drunk driving in Massachusetts, and each state has their own set of laws for handling cases involving Operating Under the Influence.In some parts of the country, 22News found people with more than 25 OUI convictions who aren’t driving, but they’re not in jail either.
“My cousin was in a real bad accident. She did drink and drive, and she almost died,” said Caitlin Hernandez of West Springfield.
Every two minutes, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash. Mother’s Against Drunk Driving found the average drunk driver has driven drunk 80 times before their first arrest.
“You have one? Well that’s one problem, but when you have two or three, then it becomes a real problem,” Maria Muche told 22News.
It’s a problem that each state handles differently. A first-time offender in Massachusetts loses their license for a year. After a 5th offense, a driver’s license is permanently revoked.
“I think it should be sooner. I think people should be held accountable after a second time, you know that’s it, you got one try,” said Hernandez.
However, compared to other states, Massachusetts laws are much stronger. if you’re caught drunk driving in Wisconsin, and it’s your first offense, you’d only get written up for a traffic violation, just a traffic ticket, and you don’t necessarily lose your license.
MADD has started a campaign to that would require OUI offenders to pass a breathalyzer test that’s hooked up to their vehicle, in order to start their car.