All states in the union have harsh penalties for a DUI or DWI conviction, and Maryland is no different. It is important to understand the specifics of Maryland law if the courts convict you of driving while under the influence.
An example of a law that is specific to Maryland is Noah’s law. According to the government of Maryland, Noah’s law went into effect in 2016 and mandates that drivers convicted of many DUI or DWI infractions install ignition interlock devices in their vehicles.
What are the origins of Noah’s law?
Noah’s law gets its name from a police officer from Montgomery County named Noah A. Leotta. He was pulling over a suspected drunk driver when he was then struck by a second drunk driver. Due to this, it is now mandatory for individuals who hold convictions for DUIs, DWIs with a minor under 16 in the car, refusing a breathalyzer test, or committing homicide with a motor vehicle while DUI or DWI.
The idea behind Noah’s law is that the installation of ignition interlock devices will help prevent repeated DUI or DWI infractions before they begin.
What is an ignition interlock device?
An ignition interlock device is essentially a breathalyzer that a third party company installs in your vehicle. Before you can start the vehicle, you will need to breathe into the device to prove that you have not consumed alcohol prior to starting the vehicle. You will also need to occasionally breathe into the device while the vehicle is operating to prove that you have not consumed alcohol since starting the vehicle.
The length of time convicted drivers will need to have ignition interlock devices in their vehicle depends on the specific infraction.