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GOP senators seek hearings on drunken driving acquittals

The four Republicans in the state Senate yesterday called on the Legislature to hold hearings on the state’s drunken driving laws in response to reports that judges acquit more than 80 percent of motorists who fight charges of operating under the influence in trials without juries.

The acquittal rate reported by the Globe Spotlight Team and a spate of arrests of repeat offenders this month - one of whom was charged with operating under the influence for the 11th time - indicate that motorists are thumbing their nose at the state’s laws, the senators wrote.

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