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The Massachusetts RMV. (Mario Jarjour/WBZ NewsRadio)

Opinion editorial by WBZ NewsRadio political analyst Jon Keller

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Up on Beacon Hill, Democrats are skeptical of the claim by Gov. Charlie Baker and Transportation Sec. Stephanie Pollack that they never knew about the disgraceful negligence at the Registry of Motor Vehicles, where officials ignored a backlog of 13,000 notifications of out-of-state DUI busts that should have led to license revocations here.

One of those unprocessed notices belonged to the truck driver who caused that recent New Hampshire crash that killed seven motorcyclists.

I don’t blame the Democrats for being outraged, and Baker, who brands himself the consummate manager and a protector of public safety, should be held accountable for this egregious failure.

But I wouldn’t get too cocky if I were the Legislature, which once again has failed to pass a distracted driving ban that’s been under discussion up there for at least 15 years.

The latest bill would require drivers to limit themselves to hands-free use only of mobile devices, a small price to pay to cut down on the constant and increasing carnage caused by clueless motorists using their phones while driving.

But they couldn’t get it done yet again, hung up on peripheral issues like requiring the cops to track the demographics of scofflaws they stop and making repeat offenders take a safety class.

The most basic function of government is to keep us safe by policing dangerous behavior.

When they can’t get it done, it’s time to seriously rethink what they’re doing—and why.

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