Maryland Ignition Interlock Laws
Have you been arrested for DWI offense in Maryland? You certainly are not alone. Statistics from 2008 indicate that more than 24,000 people were arrested for DWI in the state. Maryland legislative bodies have made it a point to put more stringent laws regarding DWIs on the books and Maryland law enforcement agencies have instructions to strictly enforce them. This is undoubtedly a response to the nationwide epidemic of drunken driving.
Alcohol-impaired driving takes an enormous toll in the United States, killing approximately one person every 40 minutes. Despite continued efforts by enforcement, the judiciary, advocates and governmental agencies, nearly 13,000 people were killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in 2007 (NHTSA 2008a). This number has remained remarkably stable for almost two decades after alcohol-involved fatalities declined significantly in the 1980s and early-to-mid 1990s.
Following an arrest for a DUI / DWI in Maryland, the offender may be eligible to participate in an Ignition Interlock Program that allows them restricted driving privileges for the duration of an administrative license suspension. While a DUI offender is under court ordered probation, they may be required to limit their driving to vehicles that have Ignition Interlock devices installed on them for a period of one to thee years. These timeframes can increase if there are extenuating circumstances surrounding the DUI case, things like exceedingly high blood alcohol concentrations (of .15 or more) or the injury of innocent individuals in the alcohol related crash will result in the court ordering the IID be used for a full years time.
Maryland statute regarding IIDs indicates that:
“A person who is subject to license suspension via the point system for a conviction of DWI may be issued a restricted license by participating in the Ignition Interlock Program. A person who is subject to license revocation following a conviction for either DWI or for DUI may have the license suspended in lieu of revocation by participating in the same program. The suspension periods (or restricted license) imposed are the same as for DWI.”
That is to say, a 1 year suspension of license would require a 1 year period of Ignition Interlock Installation, a 2 year suspension would result in a 2 year Ignition Interlock Installation and so on.
Smart Start of Maryland offer professional, state of the art, affordable Ignition Interlock Services throughout the state. By using the most cutting edge fuel cell technologies we are able to insure that the actions of drinking and driving will always remain separated. As Maryland tries to get a handle on its drunk driving problem, Smart Start is here to help. For more information on how are Maryland technicians can help you adhere to court or department of motor vehicle ordered regulations contact us today. We deal with DUI cases on a daily basis and know all of the ins and outs of the Maryland DUI Court process and navigating the process of getting your driving privileges reinstated. You can also fill out our online consultation form, we’re here to help! 800-880-3394.