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Proposed Changes to Md. Ignition Interlock Law

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SALISBURY, Md.- Mothers Against Drunk Driving is showing its support for a new bill that would toughen the punishment for convicted drunk drivers in Maryland.

A bill is on the table in the General Assembly that would require drivers with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or greater to have an interlock device installed in their vehicle for a period of time. If the device detects measurable amounts of alcohol in a person's system, their vehicle will not start. Currently, Maryland's interlock law applies to convicted drunk drivers with a .15 BAC or greater.

The law also applies to those transporting minors under the age of 16 and offenders under the age of 21.

For Reba Goldstein of Salisbury, dark memories of her son being hit by a drunk driver at the age of 16, brings back pain and frustration. 

“Anybody who drinks needs to be arrested, you know, while driving," Goldstein said.

Her son was riding his bike when a driver behind the wheel of a white car slammed into him. She said her son did not lose his life that day, but was left with several cuts and bruises.

"It's dangerous to drive and drink," Goldstein reiterated. 

Members of MADD were in Annapolis Tuesday to show their support for Senate Bill 395.

Under the bill proposal, failure to complete or participate in the program could result in the suspension of the offender's license. 

Several people were uncomfortable speaking against SB 395 that would change the law, as some called it unfair.

George Ritter of Salisbury told WBOC he supports the bill and thinks something needs to be done.

“If you're drunk, you're drunk, period, " Ritter said. "It would teach people a lesson not to do it again."

Unlike Maryland, Delaware and Virginia interlock laws apply to convicted drunk drivers who have a BAC of .08, according to recent data  from MADD.
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