27K Mass. Drunk Driving Cases Could Be Vacated Over Breathalyzer Errors

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Thousands of drunk driving convictions could be vacated because the state used improperly calibrated breathalyzers for nearly eight years.

Notices are going out to 27,000 convicted drunk drivers whose cases involved evidence from the machines, which were bought by the state for every Massachusetts police department and used between June 2011 and April 2019.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving program director Mary Kate Depamphilis told WBZ NewsRadio's Karyn Regal that it's important to remember the victims.

"A lot of our victims do come to a place where they're able to cope much better than the past, but to bring this up again and to just throw these cases out, is just throwing salt in the wounds for them," she said.

She said MADD does not support throwing out the cases because of what it would put those victims through.

"It absolutely re-victimizes our victims if there are victims in those cases," she said. "It brings up that trauma for them, and it's just not fair to them and all that they've been through."

WBZ NewsRadio's Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports

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