Could first-time DUI offenders soon face the ignition interlock?

Could first-time DUI offenders soon face the ignition interlock?

The ignition interlock is another form of Maryland DWI penalty for drivers who are arrested and convicted, although advocates of the ignition interlock device claim that it’s just a practical way to prevent drunk-driving and fatal alcohol-related accidents.

The administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) puts it in no uncertain terms: “We’re looking forward to getting more states to pass these laws and to getting more drunks off the road.”

As Ashley Halsey III reports for the Washington Post, the D.C. area is getting tougher – much tougher – when it comes to the law against drunk driving. Virginia now has among the “toughest” DWI law in the U.S., writes Halsey, and now the feds are hoping to get the state of Maryland and D.C. on board as well.

In Maryland, you might be required to install and maintain an ignition interlock if you are convicted of a repeat offense – but, so far, not so if you’ve been charged and convicted for the first time.

Whether you have been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving for the first time, or for the third or fourth time, you need to speak with a Baltimore DUI lawyer to protect your legal rights.

Source: Federal officials push for tougher state drunken-driving laws

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