Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers: Maryland Passes Safety Bills that Target Drunk DrivingMay 16, 2016
The Maryland General Assembly recently passed a number of safety bills that address drunk driving and the illegal distribution of alcohol to minors. The Drunk Driving Reduction Act, known to many as Noah’s Law, mandates that any individual who has been convicted of drunk driving must take part in an ignition interlock program, which will prevent an impaired driver from being able to start his or her vehicle.
Noah’s Law was named for Montgomery County Police Officer Noah Leotta, who was killed by an individual who was suspected of drunk driving. According to Ragina Cooper Averella, public and government affairs manager for American Automobile Associate Mid-Atlantic, the ignition interlock system is an effective way to prevent drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel and endangering the lives of other drivers.
Most Maryland drivers support the use of mandatory ignition interlock system for convicted drunk drivers. In fact, 64 percent of motorists in the state support the bill. This is not surprising, considering 26 percent of Maryland drivers named drunk driving as their number one traffic safety concern.
Another law that was recently passed is one that addresses the distribution of alcohol to minors, or those who are under the age of 21. Alex and Calvin’s Law calls for tougher penalties for anyone who provides alcohol to minors or allows underage drinking. The law was created after two teenagers were killed after crashing into a tree after leaving a party where underage drinking was allowed.
According to Averella, car crashes are the leading cause of death in teenagers, with many of which would have been avoided if the teens had not been drinking. Averella recognized Delegate David Frasier-Hidalgo for establishing tougher laws that hold those who provide alcohol to minors accountable for their actions.
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