MADD scores Maryland three of five in DWI report

MADD scores Maryland three of five in DWI report

As far as administrative driver’s license revocation, roadside sobriety checkpoints, and child endangerment laws go, the state of Maryland has scored a three out of five points for its laws against DWI, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

MADD started its “Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving” in 2006; part of the campaign focuses on reducing alcohol-related motor vehicle deaths, and highlights how far each state has gone in its efforts to reduce these deaths.

What Maryland doesn’t have, according to MADD’s Report to the Nation, is the “no-refusal” policy that has gained much notoriety in Texas, in which on-call judges are ready to issue search warrants for blood draws – on nights and weekends – as well as nurses in mobile units to withdraw blood samples from suspected drunk drivers who refuse the breath test.

Maryland also doesn’t require the ignition interlock device for all first-time DWI convictions; MADD argues that Maryland allows diversion practices that allow defendants to get around the ignition interlock requirement, and that its ignition interlock law doesn’t go far enough.

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