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What does Maryland's proposed ignition-lock bill mean?

A conviction affects Silver Spring residents in many ways, including their personal and professional lives but a proposed bill would impact them in a novel way. The plan proposes toughening restrictions on drunk drivers who have previous convictions for drunk driving.

In Maryland, if a driver has a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or more, they are considered to be driving under the influence. According to the plan, convicted drunk drivers who participate in the ignition lock program would now have to meet a lower blood alcohol level, going from 0.15 or higher to 0.08 or higher. An ignition lock system is one where a driver must use a Breathalyzer to start their vehicle.

Though there are many supporters of the proposed bill, a similar bill stalled in the House Judiciary Committee in the last legislative session. If the regulations pass, Maryland will become the 26th state to follow the "all-offender" lock program and it will possibly become the toughest action that Maryland has taken against drunk driving since it introduced the blood alcohol limit.

This is an example of why it is very important to take criminal charges, including those one might consider a relatively minor DUI, very seriously and work on defending oneself aggressively from the get go. There is no knowing when the charges might impact some other aspect of one's life.

There are many ways to fight drunk driving challenges, including challenging the results of the breathalyzer test and the mode by which it is administered. An experienced attorney may be able to guide Maryland residents through the process.

Source: Washington Post, "Tougher restrictions on drunk drivers likely in Maryland," Oevtta Wiggins, Nov, 7, 2015

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