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Series recipient of the 2004 and 2006 MADD Media Award
200710-27-07 - Two years later, more needs to be done on Melanie's law
12-21-07 - Drunken driver's prison time grows
12-19-07 - Plea of guilty anticipated in OUI case
200612-14-06 - Almost let out early, drunken driver to serve full sentence
12-13-06 - Driver indicted 3 months after Pembroke crash
11-18-06 - Driver who killed mother of 2 wasn't tested for alcohol
09-14-06 - Marshfield man faces 14th OUI charge
09-09-06 - Marshfield man, Ledger given awards by MADD
04-01-06 - Despite Melanie's law, many get licenses back quickly
200512-22-05 - Melanie's law making a difference; some say penalties should be harsher
10-31-05 - Family who lost son happy law is enacted
10-29-05 - Melanie’s Law approved, but there's more to do; Governor signs bill
10-26-05 - Melanie’s Bill: In a reversal, official says it would satisfy U.S.
10-25-05 - In Melanie’s Billhubbub, federal cash may be lost: Without treatment requirement for drunken drivers, no money
10-22-05 - The force behind Melanie’s Bill personifies persistence
10-21-05 - Backers of Melanie’s Bill vow to keep the pressure on state lawmakers for tougher legislation
10-20-05 - Melanie's Bill backers fuming; Deride watered down version as 'backroom deal'
10-07-05 - Convicted drunken driver back in court for 10th time
09-30-05 - Senate puts bite back into Melanie’s Bill
09-29-05 - Melanie’s Bill foes lambaste feel-good politics; hope much of bill will be restored
09-28-05 - Advocates say House has removed much of the legislation’s bite
09-13-05 - Legislators begin hearing into Melanie's Bill.
09-10-05 - A family's goodbye, and a call for tougher laws; a first person account from the grandfather of drunken-driving victim Melanie Powell
09-10-05 - EDITORIAL: Tougher penalties are needed to deter drunken driving
08-12-05 - Melanie’s Bill endangered by petty politics, jealousy
08-02-05 - Bill in trouble: Legislators' support waivers on stiff penalties for repeat offenders in Melanie's Law
07-30-05 - Courts are lax with illegal drivers
07-29-05 - Bill carries $5,000 fine for giving your keys to unlicensed drivers
05-27-05 - Melanie's Law targets drunks: Proposed tougher driving law serves to honor Marshfield teen's memory
04-28-05 - Beating drunken driving rap easy, but it will cost you
02-04-05 - Repeat drunken drivers face in-car test
12-18-04 - Fix ticket policy, campus police say; State is taking away their right to write
it take to get habitual drunken drivers off the road? And why isn’t
Massachusetts doing it?
Someone charged for the second time with drunken driving is probably
already addicted to alcohol, experts say.
Lawyers advise drunken driving clients to exercise their right
to refuse a blood alcohol test.
What does a blood alcohol level of .08 – the point at
which state law says you are too drunk to drive – feel like? A
reporter finds out.
profiles of individuals convicted of drunken driving on the South Shore.
It costs Massachusetts victims, taxpayers and insurance providers
$1.8 billion a year for drunken driving accidents. Nancy Quintin is just
one victim whose costs have far exceeded what insurance pays.
Quintin was injured in a drunken driving accident, the family has spent
$45,000 in child care alone.
Families of drunken driving victims wait for their day in
court but few say they found justice.
of victims of drunken driving on the South Shore.
What other states are doing to fix the problem,
and why Massachusetts has come up short.
Retired Quincy District Court Judge Albert Kramer thought
he had the answer to drunken driving 20 years ago.
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