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Loophole in state law protects some drunk drivers

Legislators, AG want to alter Melanie’s Law

Attorney General Martha Coakley and members of the Legislature are seeking to close a loophole in a drunken-driving law that allows some drivers who are prosecuted for drunken driving to avoid some of the sanctions the law was written to impose.

The loophole was brought to light when the Supreme Judicial Court ruled on Thursday that drivers who acknowledge that they were drunk behind the wheel but whose cases are continued without a finding are not subject to the stiffest civil penalties allowed by the law.

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