Almost 5,000 license infractions that could lead to suspensions were found unprocessed through what the Baker administration has deemed an “unprecedented” double check of the state’s data compared to national drivers license data, a report shows.
In the fifth report based on an internal investigation into the records scandal at the Registry of Motor Vehicles, MassDOT outlines the findings of the state’s license data compared to the National Driver’s Registry. Of the over 5.2 million drivers in Massachusetts, 166,317 drivers were identified as having incomplete information. Of those, 4,724 were identified as potentially open convictions and suspensions concerning “serious violations,” that belong to a specific driver.
To date, 869 drivers have been suspended through this data comparison process.
Officials are still sorting through the potential suspensions, but are confident based on a three-pronged verification approach that at least 1,686 Massachusetts drivers committed serious violations. MassDOT has updated those records, according to the report, and issued 720 subsequent suspensions.
A third party audit, conducted by Grant Thornton, is expected to be released “later this week,” according to the report. Both the internal and external investigation into the agency’s failure to keep up with license suspensions began as a result of the case of a trucker accused of killing seven motorcyclists in a crash in New Hampshire on June 21.