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10/24/16   |   By

Noah’s Law: Maryland’s New Driving Law Expands Ignition Interlock Program

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Noah’s Law, named for Montgomery County Police Officer Noah Leotta who was struck and killed by a drunk driver, came into effect on October 1, 2016. In an effort to curtail the number of drunk drivers on the road, Noah’s Law expands Maryland’s Ignition Interlock Program by requiring that all drivers convicted of a DUI are only permitted to drive cars with an ignition interlock device (IID). The amount of time one is required to participate in the program is based on whether the offender has been convicted before. First-time offenders will be required to have the IID installed in their vehicle for six months, while second-time offenders must have it for one year. Third and subsequent offenses will require three years.

Noah’s Law also permits drivers convicted of a DUI or DWI to opt into the Ignition Interlock Program rather than serve their suspension period. Those convicted may continue driving so long as the car has an ignition interlock device installed, ensuring they will not drive intoxicated without severely impacting their lives in the way losing a license does. Included with this rule is an increase in the suspension period associated with each BAC level of a DUI. This further discourages driving under the influence and increases the effectiveness of ignition interlocks by requiring that they be used for longer. For more information, the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration’s website explains how Noah’s Law changes current ignition interlock requirements.

If your loved one has been hospitalized for an injury caused by someone else’s drunk or irresponsible driving, contact Regan Zambri Long PLLC to speak with a Washington, DC car accident attorney. Fill out an online form or call our office today.

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