Anyone that is classified as a habitual traffic offender by the registry of motor vehicles will have their license suspended for four years.
Under Massachusetts law a driver is classified as a habitual traffic offender, and the RMV processes your license revocation automatically if any of the three occur:
- 3 convictions for major violations within a 5 year period;
- 12 minor moving violations; or
- A combination of 12 major or minor violations in a 5 year period.
The following violations are considered major violations for purposes of the habitual traffic offender statute:
- Operation under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
- Operating to endanger, negligent operation, reckless driving;
- Making false statements on a permit, license, or registration application;
- Leaving the scene of an accident resulting in personal injury or property damage;
- Operating with a suspended or revoked license;
- Operating a motor vehicle without a licensed; or
- Using a motor vehicle in the commission of a felony offense.
Convictions in other states are treated the same as in-state convictions for the purposes of the habitual traffic offender statute.
A habitual traffic offender suspension may result if anyone is charged with OUI and several other major violations including negligent operation, leaving the scene of personal injury and operating without a license.
The following violations are considered minors violations for purposes of the habitual traffic offender statute:
- Failure to yield
- Marked lanes violations
- Driving an unregistered vehicle
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