Unlawful Driving

The Milford Police Department recently released eight years of data on arrests for unlawful operation of motor vehicles, including operating under the influence and unlicensed operation.

Milford police last year arrested 199 people for unlawful driving, including driving under the influence, according to statistics recently

The categories — operating under the influence, operating after revocation, operating after suspension and unlicensed operation — have accounted for at least 148 arrests a year since 2004.

In 2011: 34 people were arrested for OUI, 9 for operating after revocation, 28 for operating after suspension and 162 for unlicensed operation.

Unlicensed operation arrests increased slightly from 2010, when 158 people were charged with the offense. In 2009, 133 people were arrested for unlicensed driving.

In 2007, Milford arrested 198 people for driving without a license, a peak year for the offense.

While there was an increase last year in unlicensed operation arrests, O'Loughlin said, statistically, the increase was negligible.

The statistics compiled by O'Loughlin were released under a state public records request submitted by the parents of , a motorcyclist who was killed in 2011 after he was struck by a man charged with drunken, unlicensed driving.

UglyHat March 08, 2012 at 03:48 PM
I wonder what the rate of infraction really is (vs. arrest or conviction numbers). If we could conduct a non-political study (or poll) with no special interest involvement and get people to answer honestly, how often do you think a ‘legally’ drunk driver is operating in Milford? I’m not saying the numbers the Chief released are high or low or that anyone is doing a good job or bad. This just piqued my curiosity. Do you think that 1 in 10,000 cars is operated by someone over the legal limit? Is it closer to 1 in 100,000 or 1 in 1,000? Is it 1 in 100 on New Year’s Eve? I wonder what the honest, non-political number is.
Mike March 08, 2012 at 03:51 PM
I'd be curious to know how many of these drivers were illegals.
Mary MacDonald (Editor) March 08, 2012 at 03:52 PM
In the testimony this month on the illegal immigration impact bill, the chief said the number more recently is about one a day. These numbers above are for calendar years.
UglyHat March 08, 2012 at 04:10 PM
I have not studied the topic at all but I’m willing to bet there is more than 1 person a day driving in Milford while over the legal limit. Even on the slow days I’ll bet it’s higher than that. From Thursday at noon through Sunday evening the number is probably considerably higher.
Jim Rizoli March 08, 2012 at 04:17 PM
To think that many were not illegals in most of these infractions would be stretching it a bit. Easiest way to figure it out is with the names. Not many Americans have three or four surnames. Lets see.....John Smith......hmmm American? Joses Miranda Oliveira DaSilva hmmm....not American. Of course the libs will say racial profiling......Of course I would say on what name John Smith. Jim@ccfiile.com
Mary MacDonald (Editor) March 08, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Oh, I'm sorry, I thought you meant for the driving without a license. That's what the chief was referring to, not OUIs...
Mary MacDonald (Editor) March 08, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Of course, not too long ago Rizoli would not have been American sounding. Jim, really... sometimes you are over the top in these comments.
Maurice March 08, 2012 at 06:01 PM
I wont be longer ON this page anymore .. It hás. Been a whole bunch of abuse of imigrants etc etc etc ... And the same subject is here every day !
Jim Rizoli March 08, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Hmmm Mary MacDonald...Seems Nigerian to me.... Mary lets exclude the Irish, Italians etc...and stick with South American, Mexican, you get my drift? Jim@ccfiile.com.
Jim Rizoli March 08, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Maurice.....Sad to see ya go.....NOT! Jim@ccfiile.com
Mary MacDonald (Editor) March 08, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Yes, I get your inaccurate drift. I worked with people who overstayed their visas when I was in college on the Cape. Not all illegal immigrants have Spanish surnames. And the worse the economy of Europe gets, the more will do so in the future.
Mike March 08, 2012 at 06:24 PM
@Maurice, I have no problem with legal immigrants. You want to come to this country then do it the right way. My issue is with illegal immigrants. @Jim, there is no way to tell if a person is a legal or illegal immigrant by their name. That is racial profiling, wether you want to believe it or not.
UglyHat March 08, 2012 at 06:37 PM
It is amazing how many things published on Patch seem to turn into a debate about illegal immigration. This article discusses 4 categories of unlawful driving. Two of them (suspended and revoked licenses) have little-to-nothing to do with illegal immigration. One (OUI) is a problem regardless of residency status. I have no sympathy for illegal immigrants. But I don’t want John Smith driving drunk down my street after his license was revoked either.
Samantha Morris March 08, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Whether illegal or not, anyone driving 'unlawfully' needs to be caught and forced off the road. I think that is the point here.
Tony March 08, 2012 at 06:59 PM
My grandmother never had a license, and there was a guy (US citizen) I knew in Milford a while back who never had a license and they arrested himabout twenty five times over the course of his life. She never drove and this guy didn't care. Other than those two, I would be hard pressed to find many US citzens who never got a drivers license. The first thing a Legal immigrant, after obtaining citizenship, would do, is run off and proudly obtain his/her drivers license. So it's safe to say that the majority of those who get arrested for never having (unlicensed operation) would be "Illegal". The US isn't like some other Countries where being well to do is an indication as to whether your licensed or not. Virtually every US citizen becomes licensed. Its just the way we are!
Tony March 08, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Arrests V Convictions can be two dramatically different numbers. The police are reporting actual arrest numbers. If you want convictions, check with the court. They sould be much less because they like to CWOF (continue without a finding) many minor criminal offenses, and levy fines and court fees. If you have been CWOFed, you have not been convicted of that particular offense.
Mary MacDonald (Editor) March 08, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Here it is: http://articles.boston.com/2011-10-30/metro/31118623_1_drunk-drivers-judges-guilty-verdict
Mary MacDonald (Editor) March 08, 2012 at 07:13 PM
And the Boston Globe just won a national award for its report on the lack of convictions in drunken driving cases. I was shocked when I read it, I had no idea so many people are found not guilty by judges. I'll see if I can find the link and post it.
UglyHat March 08, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Arrests vs. convictions are absolutely different numbers. I’m curious to go even further (though I realize it’s unrealistic). What about infractions? How many people drive above the limit without incident or arrest? If 10 are convicted of 100 that were caught and charged, it just makes me wonder how many violations actually occurred.
UglyHat March 08, 2012 at 07:30 PM
A natural born citizen that got his license the first day he was eligible could be guilty of unlicensed operation…If he drove a car at the age of 15.
Tony March 08, 2012 at 09:31 PM
@ Uglyhat Then we would read in the paper 15 year old arrested for driving without a license, and they wouldn't report his name. I do see that come up once a year or so. 10 convicted, 100 hundred arrested, how many actual? Who knows!
Mark Cain March 09, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Atleast 75% have got to be illegal freeloaders. This should be enough to send the illegal packing!
David Nolta March 09, 2012 at 10:33 AM
On this topic I agree with UglyHat. It is as though some people from Framingham get a free beer every time they bring up Illegal Immigration on the Milford site. BORING!
UglyHat March 09, 2012 at 02:07 PM
I uploaded a pic of these numbers represented by a line chart if anyone is interested. Something else that would interest me, and something that (if I were a candidate concerned about such things) I might look into, is a chart containing the same 4 arrest categories with dates ranging from 1994-2001 and maybe even 1984-1991. Can’t believe I’ve turned into a numbers nerd :-(
Tony March 09, 2012 at 02:16 PM
I don't see the date range your talking about Ugly?
UglyHat March 09, 2012 at 02:18 PM
I just charted what the Chief released. I was wishing I had the numbers and hoping someone else would do that hard work. Kind of a lazy numbers nerd I guess.
carl berke March 09, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Ugly hat is right on. I have a record of fighting this absurdity called "licensed driver" I have been in MA for almost 50 years. When I took the driving exam, only written when you exchange an out of state operator's license, I was astounded that there is almost nothing on the test pertaining to operation of a motor vehicle. The test is about proper paperwork as in insurance, taxes, inspections, titles etc. I had been here a few months and was noting that people in Milford and elsewhere in MA cannot properly operate a motor vehicle. After 50 years, the situation is even worse. It has nothing to do with licensing and everything to do with enforcement. It has nothing to do with origin and everything to do with enforcement. Chief, get on the actual driving! I can follow any police driver and have him virtually cited for several infractions within minutes.
Jim Rizoli March 09, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Honestly....there should be no licenses to have to drive period! Just another scam money making dept for the state. Actually the illegals have it right it's unconstitutional, not that they have to worry they are not even citizens. ..BUT......if we have to deal with this crap then so don't they. Another point.....the illegals use false id's to get licenses......I guess that is not an issue here. How about their driving habits? This is probably the first place the illegals have ever driven a car. So isn't is nice that they are having their drivers training on us. We are the guinea pigs! I feel so safe knowing that. The whole driving license thing is a joke, that isn't so funny when people are killed by drivers that don't know how to drive. If they can't read the signs, or speak English that well how do you feel about their driving? Jim@ccfiile.com
fed up March 15, 2012 at 12:28 AM
During an arrest for unlicensed operation, the police note the owner of the vehicle and request a summons for allowing an unlicensed person to operate their vehicle. If the registry would do a data sort by registered owner, the police department would probably find where the abuses are taking place in the system, as certain businesses and individuals would have much higher than normal registrations in their name. Easy to investigate whether the owners are aware of these numerous registrations and an alert could be issued for the vehicle registration plates to get the unlicensed drivers off the road. These numerous vehicles are probably uninsured, not paying excise taxes, in addition to unlicensed operators. One data sort and a clear path to making a dent in the problem. It's time to use technology and get these vehicles and drivers out of Milford, regardless of the nationality. Our town, by being pro-active, would get a better rating by the insurance division setting rates for vehicle insurance and property claims. We could start to get this town back to its better days. Make it so...
carl berke March 15, 2012 at 04:24 PM
While I agree with some of this and I agree that drivers are worse than before I would never, ever want things to be "back to the better days". In those passed days, Milfordians would stop in the middle of the busuiest road and talk out the window. Or they would run stop signs as if there was no one esle on theroad. My wife said it was because Milfordians were so insular that they did not need rules.Some still do this but at least one can drive by Town Park and not have to battle students fro the road. It is kind of like all of these high school grad parties. I told her that these parties were given by parents who were celebrating getting some one else out of the house. They still do that. Only it now doesn't work.


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