Monday, April 11 was a monumental day, not just for Maryland, but for the entire country. With only minutes left in Maryland’s legislative session, Noah’s Law passed the Maryland General Assembly. The bill is in the hands of Governor Larry Hogan, who has publically indicated that he will sign the bill into law.
Noah’s Law will require ignition interlock devices to be installed in the vehicles of all drunk driving offenders, even first-time offenders. This makes Maryland the 26th state to require interlocks for first-time drunk driving offenders. To make it even clearer, as a country, we’re past the halfway point. Over half of the states are now requiring interlocks for all drunk driving offenders. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), states that require interlocks for first-time offenders see a dramatic drop in the number of alcohol-related traffic fatalities.
States with all-offender ignition interlock laws, such as Arizona and West Virginia, have seen reductions in drunk driving deaths of 50 and 40 percent,” MADD said in a statement. “Across the nation, ignition interlocks have stopped 1.77 million drunk driving attempts.” (cars.com)
MADD has been working tirelessly for years to get all 50 states to adopt similar interlock laws for all drunk driving offenders. With 26 down, that leaves less than half to go.
Studies are conclusive in showing that ignition interlock devices are the most effective way to prevent drinking and driving, and even more so, to prevent repeat drunk driving offenses. They are the only mechanism that can completely prevent somebody from getting behind the wheel of their car after they’ve consumed alcohol.
Noah’s Law is named after a Montgomery Country Police Officer, Noah Leotta. He was 24 when he was struck and killed by a suspected drunk driver. Victims of drunk driving are all-to-often, much like Noah. They are innocent. They are not the ones who chose to drink and drive, but their lives are ended because of the ability others have to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.
With ignition interlock and drunk driving legislations pending in many other states, as a country, we need to come together and make interlocks mandatory for all drunk driving offenses. They need to be mandatory for a long enough period of time to serve as a behavior modification tool to prevent follow-up drunk driving occurrences. With 26 states committed to preventing drunk driving, our roads are safer now than they were years ago, but there’s still progress to be made.
For more information about how an Intoxalock ignition interlock device can help to guarantee sober driving, call our representatives today at (833) 623-0200. with any questions you might have.