The State of Massachusetts’ admission of incompetence or indifference, or perhaps both, in handling out-of-state violations by its drivers needs to be a warning to all states, including our own.
If it had done its job, seven motorcyclists might not have been killed in Randolph last month.
Unfortunately, we have seen this movie before.
With time, the memory of accused truck driver Volodymyr Zhukovskyy and his abysmal driving record in several states will fade.
A young man who had no business being on the road swerved his trailer into former U.S. Marines and their bikes.
He may be found guilty and go to prison. People will forget about him.
Unless they are close friends or relatives of the victims, people will also forget about the Randolph Seven.
In finding out why the man’s Massachusetts commercial license had not been yanked, despite a Connecticut violation that should have triggered suspension, it was discovered that a year’s worth of such out-of-state notifications were tossed into mail bins at the DMV and left there.
Outrage over this has caused Bay State officials to promise to change things.
The New Hampshire DMV said it would review its own systems.
But, as we said, we have seen this movie.
To change its ending, New Hampshire and other states need to do something striking, like making an emblem of the photos of the Randolph Seven and posting it on every DMV door and website and reminding people, over and over, that paying attention could have saved those lives and can save others in the future.
Senseless, needless loss of human lives is a tragedy and an outrage.