BOSTON (WWLP) – It’s been two years since a West Springfield man killed seven motorcyclists in a fiery crash in New Hampshire.
That crash caused a lot of structural changes in the RMV including who oversees out of state violations and who’s responsible for suspending licenses.
Back in 2019, Volodymyr Zhukovskyy was allegedly under the influence of Heroin and Cocaine when he lost control of his vehicle, crashing into seven people on motorcycles. Zhukovskyy had previously been charged with an OUI in Connecticut and even though his violation was sent to officials at the Massachusetts RMV, his license was never suspended.
When the incident first happened, the Registrar at the time, Erin Devaney, stepped down from her position but that was just the start of several reforms that the RMV would under go. The Department of Transportation put a new procedure in place for handling out of state violations and an independent auditor now oversees the entire process.
Another new procedure at the RMV is the processing distracted driving violations and since the program has been implemented in February of 2020, more than 400,000 warnings have been filed.