Lawmakers announce reforms to records sharing at RMV after deadly accident in NH

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BOSTON (WWLP) – A review of the Registry of Motor Vehicles was launched after that horrific crash in New Hampshire, and it revealed bigger problems than previously believed.

Massachusetts state officials are admitting that mistakes made at the RMV contributed to the crash that killed seven motorcyclists in New Hampshire.

Governor Charlie Baker is promising a full review of the Registry of Motor Vehicles’ state-to-state data sharing system.

The new move comes after the agency failed to act on information from Connecticut.

During a news conference Monday, Governor Baker and Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack addressed record keeping issues inside the Registry of Motor Vehicles.

It turns out – the driver, Vlodymyr Zhukovskyy – who’s accused of crashing his truck and trailer into the motorcyclists on June 21 – had been charged with OUI on May 11, and a paper copy of his arrest was sent by FedEx to the Massachusetts RMV on May 29.

State transportation officials said that should have triggered the termination of Zhukovskyy’s commercial license, but the notice went unaddressed, something that’s been happening for more than a year.

“We’re still trying to understand why in March of 2018 people stopped processing the paper notifications entirely, but that appears to be what happened,” Secretary Pollack said.

RMV Director Erin Deveney resigned last week after this information was released.

The RMV’s record keeping division has already begun a series of major reforms impacting thousands of backlogged paper citations.

Governor Baker said in Monday’s news conference, “All new out of state notifications will now be processed on the day of or the day after they’re received.”

Moving forward the RMV hopes to “digitize” all traffic citations, both in and out of state, so police can access that information in someone’s driving record.

Since this review was launched, the RMV has suspended the licenses of 600 drivers in the state.

They’re also planning electronic review of all 5.2 million Massachusetts drivers to check for additional violations.

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