Advocates want to fix apparent loophole in DUI law
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Advocates want to fix apparent loophole in DUI law

On Behalf of | Feb 18, 2024 | DUI Charges |

Driving while under the influence of alcohol is a big issue in Maryland. This concerning problem has caused police forces across the state to ramp up enforcement efforts to prevent crashes and keep roads safe. Although Maryland has strict penalties for those convicted of DUI, some say a “loophole” in a DUI state law needs to be addressed to save lives.  

Noah’s law 

Advocates are urging for a loophole to be fixed in the law requiring penalties for DUI offenders. The apparent loophole is under the 2016 Noah’s Law. The law states that individuals who have been convicted of alcohol-related offenses must have an ignition interlock system installed in their vehicle. This device prevents the vehicle from starting unless the driver can pass a breathalyzer test.  

However, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the loophole in the current law is with first-time DUI offenders who are serving probation before judgment. Apparently, individuals in this scenario are not required to have an ignition device in their vehicle. In 2022, advocates said the ignition interlock program prevented more than 3,600 attempts to operate a vehicle when the driver’s blood alcohol level was over the legal limit. The CEO of MADD said new legislation is needed to close the loophole and save lives.  

Those charged have options 

Those who are arrested and accused of DUI may feel like their life is over. However, those who are charged with DUI have certain options available to help them through this situation. Maryland drivers who have been hit with a DUI charge have the right to speak with a legal representative. A knowledgeable criminal defense attorney can protect individual rights and develop a strategy to achieve the best possible outcome based on the circumstances.