The Washington Post reports that The Maryland House of Delegates has passed a vote to expand ignition interlock in Maryland to reduce drunken driving. This further advances the bill now known as “Noah’s Law”. The House unanimously passed the measure by a 136 – 0 vote. Next the bill will go to vote in the Senate.
The Current Law
Currently, Maryland state law requires drivers who had a DUI with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.15 or higher to install an ignition interlock device. The Noah’s Law bill lowers the BAC requirement. It would require the installation of ignition interlocks if the driver’s BAC is 0.08 or higher. The interlock devices use a breathalyzer-like device to determine if the driver has had too much to drink. If they are above the set limits, their vehicle will not start.
Amendments From Noah’s Law
The Maryland Judiciary Committee amended the bill by adding these guidelines:
- increase in driver’s license suspension time for drivers with higher BACs
- more severe penalties if you refuse to take a Breathalyzer test
- ignition interlocks are mandatory for drivers convicted of DUI or who refuse the breathalyzer test and are ultimately convicted
- a driver can choose to enroll in the ignition interlock program voluntarily for one year in place of a license suspension.
The name “Noah’s Law” is in tribute to Officer Noah Leotta. The officer died in December by a suspected drunk driver while he was working on a DUI assignment.
The best rule of thumb is always to not take chances when it comes to alcohol and driving. If you need representation on a drunk driving charge, contact the experienced DUI attorneys at Alpert Schreyer. The signs are pointing to tougher DUI laws in Maryland and the tougher the laws become, the more important it is that you make the best choice for your representation. Call us today for a free case evaluation and let us help you.