DDTF Legislation & Policy
MGL Chapter 52, Section 66, Chapter 10 – Victims of Drunk Driving Trust Fund (Please click here for a web link for the full text):
This law establishes a separate fund known at the Drunk Driving Trust fund, consisting of monies paid to the courts (MGL Ch. 90, Section 24). The Victim Witness Assistance Board (VWAB) is required to submit a report detailing the amount of funds collected and expended from the fund, along with a copy of the written criteria to expend the funds to the House and Senate committees on ways and means, no later than August 15 of each calendar year. In conjunction with the Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Substance Abuse and the Massachusetts chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the VWAB shall develop written criteria for the awarding of grants another funding allocations, which shall be evaluated and, if necessary, revised on an annual basis.
Enables the VWAB/MOVA to:
- Administer grants from the fund
- May award them to community-based programs and public agencies in the Commonwealth
- Allow service agencies to provide counseling and support services to victims, witnesses, and their family members of crashes cause by persons driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
MGL Chapter 90, Section 24. (1) (a) (1) (Please click here for a web link for the full text):
In summary, this law establishes an assessment of $50.00 against a person, who is convicted, placed on probation, granted a continuance without a finding or admits to sufficient facts for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or under the influence of marijuana, narcotics drugs, depressants, or stimulant substances.
The assessment shall not be waived by the court for any reason. The monies collected pursuant to the fees shall be transmitted monthly by the courts to the state treasurer who shall deposit, invest, and transfer the monies into the Victims of Drunk Driving Trust Fund, established in section 66 of said chapter 10.
Fees paid by an individual into the Drunk Driving Trust Fund shall be in addition to, not in lieu of, any other fee imposed by the court pursuant to this chapter or any other chapter.
For questions about DDTF Legislation & Policy, please contact Christopher Klaskin, Director of Public Affairs at Christopher.Klaskin@state.ma.us