Months before he helped pass tougher OUI laws on Beacon Hill, Senate President Robert E. Travaglini intervened on behalf of a convicted drunken driver and habitual traffic offender who allegedly lied about being a war hero to try to lighten his sentence, the Herald has learned.
…In addition to his OUI conviction, Flynn [the driver] was busted at least nine times in Massachusetts and New Hampshire for driving with a suspended license. His record of motor-vehicle violations is 11 pages long.”
So now we have Hillman, Trav, Galluccio, the O’Flaherty follies over Melanie’s Law … Maybe this exposes a degree of apathy among some elected officials about drunk driving … a degree of “There but for the grace of God go I.”
Well, here’s my full disclosure on the issue: The man who should have been my brother-in-law didn’t live long enough for that, or even for me to meet him: My wife’s brother died as the result of a drunk driver smashing into his van on the highway, causing it to tip over into the median. He died a few days later. He was 19, and died senselessly and needlessly, just because someone was stupid.
So I don’t have much patience for the rationalization. People die from getting their bodies smashed to pieces by drunk drivers. It has to be considered a very serious crime. And that means you don’t get to
grandstand about (see below) passing a law if you’re writing letters to DA’s in New Hampshire enabling and rationalizing for a repeat-offending menace.
Thanks to Universal Hub.
UPDATE: “Grandstanding” and Travaglini don’t really go together; he obviously helped shape Melanie’s bill and took credit for that. My point remains: Public officials should not take it upon themselves to excuse people who break the law repeatedly.