New Maryland Law Seeks to Reduce Number of Drunk Driving Accidents


Maryland Legislature Considers Drunk Driving Reduction Law

Following a national trend, the Maryland legislature is looking at a proposed bill that would mandate ignition interlock devices for all persons convicted of drinking and driving. An ignition interlock is a device tied to a motor vehicle’s starting mechanism that requires a driver to provide a breath sample before turning on the car. If the device detects alcohol on the operator’s breath, the car cannot be started.

Nearly half of the states in the country (24) currently have ignition interlock laws. If enacted, the Maryland law would require an interlock device for anyone convicted of driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher, the legal limit. Even first-time offenders would be required to have the device installed, though it would only be in place for six months. A repeat offender could have an ignition interlock for up to three years.

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