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Maryland Drunk Driving Reduction Act of 2011 increases use of ignition interlock devices

Maryland Drunk Driving Reduction Act of 2011 increases use of ignition interlock devices

According to a report on Southern Maryland Online, the Maryland Drunk Driving Reduction Act of 2011, which went into effect in October, “expands” the ignition interlock program by as much as 66 percent, with more than 9,000 Maryland drivers convicted of DWI currently required to install and operate the device.

The ignition interlock device prevents your car from starting up if you’ve been drinking. Advocates of the device, such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving, view it as a direct measure in preventing repeat drunk-driving offenses.

As Southern Maryland Online reports, one police officer said, “Unfortunately, Maryland police officers deal almost daily with the tragedies caused by a drunk driver. One of the most frustrating experiences for police officers is to arrest a drunk driver for repeating the same offense. This new law will reduce the opportunity to re-offend, while helping us decrease injuries and deaths and increase safety on Maryland roads.”

There are currently five approved vendors of the ignition interlock device. Those court ordered to install the device must generally do so at their own cost, as well as take a training and send in periodic monitoring data to authorities.

Source: Southern Maryland Online, “Maryland’s Drunk Driver Ignition Interlock Program Requires More Participation,” 11/2/11

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