Last December, Montgomery County Police officer Noah Leotta was killed when he was hit by a car while engaging in a traffic stop for a suspected drunk driver. What is worse, the driver of the car that hit him was drunk.
Even worse, that driver was a repeat offender.
Throughout the year we have been following the path that Noahs Law has taken through the House and the Senate, as well as the controversies along the way. This past Saturday, October 1, Noah’s Law became reality and officially went into effect.
Under what is called Maryland’s Drunk Driving Reduction Act of 2016, anyone convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol will now be required to have an ignition interlock in their vehicle. The ignition interlock is an in-vehicle breathalyzer that prevents a vehicle from starting when a level of alcohol is detected in the drivers breath. According to officials, it also will require the driver to retest at random when they are on the road. If the driver’s BAC is above .025, their vehicle will not start. If they fail a test or if they refuse to take it, the car horn will start honking and the lights will also start flashing in some cases.
The Drunk Driving Reduction Act of 2016 quickly became known as Noah’s Law as it was being reviewed by the House and Senate, in honor of Noah Leotta.
Maryland State transportation secretary Pete K. Rahn stated “Drunk driving kills and ignition interlock is a key tool to end drinking and driving.”
The Maryland Department of Transportation says that since 2011, about one-third of all roadway deaths in Maryland involved impaired drivers, with an average of over 4,000 injuries and 171 deaths each year.
Drunk driving is a serious offense with serious life-changing consequences. If you or someone you know is facing a DUI charge, there is no time to wait or think about it. Your future starts now and it starts with contacting the experienced DUI attorneys at Alpert Schreyer, LLC. We will listen to your case, get the facts together and fight to get you the best possible outcome. Call or contact us today!