The Maryland state bill that would have required that those who have been convicted of transporting a minor while driving under the influence of alcohol to participate in the Ignition Interlock System Program has been defeated in committee. The House Judiciary Committee voted 13-9 on February 13 to defeat the proposed legislation.
Under current law, a person may not drive or attempt to drive any vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or impaired by a controlled dangerous substance. Drivers who have been found guilty of driving at .15 BAC are required to participate in the Ignition Interlock System Program. The legal limit in Maryland is .08 BAC.
An ignition interlock prevents a driver from operating a car if his blood alcohol level is too high. The device is a breathalyzer installed inside a car. With an ignition interlock in place, a driver must breathe into a device inside the car that immediately measures his blood alcohol level. If the blood alcohol level is too high, then the car won't start.
The bill would have required drunk drivers caught transporting children to participate in the Ignition Interlock System.
Maryland House Bill 0032 was sponsored by Sam Arora, a Democrat from Montgomery County. A similar bill was introduced last year and was heard by the House Judiciary Committee, but received no further action. There was no companion bill in the Maryland state Senate.
The University of Maryland School of Medicine reports that, for the period 2007 to 2011, there were 1,988 motor vehicle occupant fatalities in Maryland. Of these fatalities, the primary cause for 632, or 32%, was impairment by alcohol and/or drugs.
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