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Mandatory ignition interlock among new Maryland laws

Mandatory ignition interlock among new Maryland laws

A new Maryland law dedicated to the memory of a police officer killed by a drunken motorist will require anyone convicted of drunken driving to install an ignition interlock device.

"Noah's Law" is one of 300 bills passed by the General Assembly this year that become law Saturday.

Named after Montgomery County police Officer Noah Leotta, the measure is seen as the most important stiffening of Maryland's drunken-driving laws in several years. It makes installation of an ignition interlock — which prevents a vehicle from starting if the driver has consumed alcohol — mandatory even for first offenders.

"It's a huge victory," said Chuck...

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