The Associated Press

Mass. Highway Safety Chief Has Bad Driving Record

BOSTON — The director of the Massachusetts Highway Safety Division has a bad driving record that includes seven accidents, four speeding violations and one failure to wear a seat belt.

The Boston Globe reports that Sheila Burgess has 34 entries on her driving record since 1982.

Burgess has been on leave since she suffered a head injury in a one-car crash in Milton in August. She told police she swerved off the road to avoid an oncoming vehicle and wasn’t cited.

Burgess declined to answer detailed questions about the accident and her $87,000-a-year job.

Officials in Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration said Burgess was hired partly based on the recommendation of U.S. Rep. James McGovern, but could not address why she was given the highway safety job with the driving record she has.

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  • Rick Evans

    This would be an embarrassing driving record for a 17 year old racer-boy.

  • Sinclair2

    Here is a great opportunity for investigative reporters to dig in and find out how such an incompetent person could be appointed to this job.  There must be more names besides McGovern,  Did it take an auto accident to reveal her?  How could she get away with so much for so long a time?  What’a going on here?

    • James

      A left winger acting naive – there’s a shock!

      • Sinclair2

        Where were you when she was appointed?  Why didn’t you blow the  whistle?

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