ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Maryland State Senate has unanimously passed a proposed bill known as “Noah’s Law” Monday night.
Passed in a 45-0 vote, the bill will require ignition interlock devices for all convicted drunk drivers with a blood alcohol level of .08 or greater. Under Maryland’s current law, these devices are only required for drivers with a level of .15 or more, nearly twice the state's legal limit.
Noah’s Law is named after Montgomery County Police Officer Noah Leotta, who was struck and killed by a suspected drunk driver last December in Rockville while he was working on the department’s Holiday Alcohol Task Force.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Maryland Senate President Mike Miller, Officer Leotta’s father and different police departments in the state have spoken out in support of this bill.
There are differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill and lawmakers are hoping to work them out in a committee.