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Ignition interlock now required for all convicted of DUI

In October, Maryland will conclude the first year under strict new DUI guidelines that require any driver convicted of DUI or any driver who refuses to take a breathalyzer test to have an ignition interlock device installed in their car.

Those who require an ignition interlock device under the Drunk Driving Reduction Act of 2016 will not be able to start their cars if they have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .025 or greater. Once the car starts, however, this is not the end of the testing. At various intervals, drivers are required to retest. If they fail to do so within a 10-minute window, their car horns will honk, and in some cases, their lights will flash.

What are the legal consequences of opioid abuse?

The abuse of opium and related narcotic drugs has been a cultural issue in the western world since the mid-1800s when they were brought into the British Empire via trade with Asian nations. In more recent years, however, the availability of prescription drugs has caused the amount of opioid abuse to rise sharply.

In large part, the recent rise in opioid abuse has been attributed to the prevalence of narcotics that are prescribed to medical patients. Patients are prescribed opioids for medical issues, but they become addicted to the medication.

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