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.
Under the new law, known as “Noah’s Law” for a police officer who was killed by a drunk driver at a traffic stop, drivers will also have to have an ignition interlock in circumstances where:
- The driver was driving while impaired (DWI) with a passenger who was under the age of 16
- The driver charged with DUI or DWI also seriously injured (life-threatening injuries) or killed someone
If you are facing DUI or DWI charges in Maryland, or have refused a breath test and are facing the consequences, the assistance of a qualified attorney can be a significant help. Maryland takes drunk driving charges seriously—even more so since Noah’s Law passed in 2016. Even if it’s not possible to get the charges dismissed, a lawyer may be able to get your charges reduced so you face less severe consequences, and get on with your life having learned from a mistake.