Noah's Law, also known as The Drunk Driving Reduction Act of 2016, is named after Montgomery County Police Officer Noah Leotta, who was struck and killed by a drunk driver in December 2015.
What does Noah's Law do?
Noah's law changed the law in two big ways
- It significantly increases the suspension periods for breath test results above .08 and for breath test refusals; and
- requires the installation of an ignition interlock device (also known simply as an "interlock" or "blow and go") for drivers convicted of the following offenses:
What charges are effected by Noah's Law?
- Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI)
- Driving While Impaired by Alcohol (DWI) while transporting a minor under the age of 16
- Homicide or life-threatening injury by motor vehicle while DUI or DWI
How long do I have to have the interlock?
- 6 months for a first offense
- 1 year for a second offense
- 3 years for a third or subsequent offense
Can I drive a non-interlock car?
No. You are required to obtain a Maryland Driver's License with an "Interlock Restriction," which prohibits you from driving any vehicle without an interlock device.
You are, however, permitted to drive an interlock equipped vehicle at any time, and for any reason.
Is this in addition to the suspension/interlock that I had to get because of my breath test result or refusal?
Yes. This is a SECOND license restriction that is in addition to any suspension you served because of your breath test result, or because of a refusal.
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