Everyone makes mistakes, whether that is forgetting to lock a door or driving after having one too many drinks. Although driving while impaired can carry a criminal conviction in Maryland, people should not have to unduly suffer for their mistakes. Unfortunately, many in the Maryland legislature do not agree and have decided to expand its burdensome and expensive ignition interlock program.
With the increase in sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols to stop people suspected of drunk driving across Maryland and the United States, it would be reasonable to assume that there has been an increase in drunk driving. Although crackdowns and heavy patrolling may indicate a rise in activity, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have reported the number of drunk drivers is down 30% from 2006.