Driving Under the Influence: Noah’s Law Enacted

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Noah’s Law person drinking beer and driving under the influence

The Drunk Driving Reduction Act of 2016 is also called Noah’s Law. It brings Maryland into compliance with ignition interlock device standards while driving under the influence as set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,

Named for police officer Noah A. Leotta, who, while on duty, was struck and killed by a drunk driver, this law mandates that every individual convicted of drunk driving within the last year and beyond participate in the program. The law itself does not address repercussions with regards to auto insurance. Insurance companies are tasked with that. But, it assuredly will have an impact on high-risk auto premiums.

The Ignition Interlock System

The ignition interlock system is basically a breathalyzer installed in the offender’s vehicle, which must be passed in order for the vehicle to start. If the breathalyzer detects alcohol levels exceeding the law, the vehicle will not start. Additionally, if the participant fails the breathalyzer test a number of times, driving privileges can be suspended for a year.

Increased License Suspension

In addition to the mandate of ignition interlock devices, the legislation also significantly increases the current driver’s license suspension periods and defines what offenses are included under the program.

Who Must Participate

Under Noah’s Law, drivers are required to participate in Maryland’s Ignition Interlock Program for the following convictions:

  • DUI-Driving under the influence
  • DWI-Driving while impaired while transporting a minor under the age of 16
  • Driving while intoxicated with an initial Breathalyzer test refusal
  • Homicide or life-threatening injury by motor vehicle while DUI or DWI

Driving under the influence is illegal, dangerous, and sometimes deadly. In Maryland, a DUI will stay on your record for a minimum of five years, making you a “high-risk” driver for that length of time. Most insurance companies will not insure someone with a DUI charge. Expect to do a lot of research and to pay a much higher premium if you find yourself with a DUI and no insurance.

Contact Insurance Direct 123 if you have questions about Noah’s Law or any other insurance issues.

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