Noah’s Law was one of the new legislation that was passed by the Maryland General Assembly during their 2016 session.
FREDERICK,Md. (KR) New laws impacting Maryland Drivers will go into effect on October 1st. Noah’s Law was one of the new legislation that was passed by the Maryland General Assembly during their 2016 session.
Buel Young from the MVA says it is named in honor of Montgomery County Police Officer Noah Leotta who was killed by a drunk driver while pulling over another drunk driver.
“Members of law enforcement and his family really pushed for this law. Basically what it’s going to do is it’s going to help to get more individuals convicted of drunk driving into the ignition interlock program so that we know that these individuals aren’t out there still driving while they’re impaired.
Anyone convicted of a DUI or DWI will have to have the ignition interlock installed in their vehicle, according to the MVA.
“It’s a device that requires the individual to blow into the vehicle and if it detects traces of alcohol in the blood it won’t allow the ignition to start,” said Young.
The MVA says over the past five years, impaired drivers have accounted for roughly one third of all roadway deaths in Maryland. For more information about the new laws taking effect on October 1st at www.msa.maryland.gov.
By: Katie Ryan