Wednesday, December 12, 2018

In the News: police monitoring drunk driving closely; Court ruling on secret recordings

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"Police will be looking for drugged and drunken drivers this holiday season as part of a campaign to make the roads safer, state public safety officials said Monday. 
They said the danger of driving while impaired by marijuana will be a central focus of the safe-driving campaign, which is the state’s first since stores began selling recreational marijuana in Massachusetts. The campaign will include television, public transit and internet advertisements in both English and Spanish. 
The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security plans to provide money to the State Police and 139 local departments to conduct “a stringent impaired driving enforcement effort” that will include sobriety checkpoints and patrols at high-incident locations. 
“Drivers impaired by marijuana, alcohol or any other drug threaten the safety of every other motorist on the road with them,” new Public Safety Secretary Thomas Turco said in a statement. “In 2016 alone, 79 innocent people were killed by impaired drivers. That’s unacceptable.”
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"A federal judge has ruled that a Massachusetts law banning secret audio recordings of police or government officials is unconstitutional. reports Chief United State District Judge Patti Saris ruled Monday secret audio recordings of officials performing their duties in public is protected by the First Amendment. 
The conclusion of Sari’s decision reads, “the Court holds that Section 99 may not constitutionally prohibit the secret audio recording of government officials, including law enforcement officials, performing their duties in public spaces, subject to reasonable time, manner, and place restrictions.”

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