New Maryland law: breathalyzers for drunk drivers who carry kids

Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Drunk drivers caught with a child in their car in Maryland will be required to use interlock breathalyzers to start their cars under a bill signed into law by Gov. Martin O’Malley Tuesday.

The new law expands an existing mandate for so-called “super drunks,” drivers whose blood alcohol level was .15, nearly twice the legal limit. It says that they will be required for any driver who is legally drunk — .08 BAC — with children under the age of 16 in the car.

“On average, someone in Maryland is arrested every 19 hours for impaired driving while also transporting a minor,” said Kurt Erickson of the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP). “Maryland’s newest DUI law will address both this egregious crime and the fact that such unlawful actions are on the rise in Maryland.”

Erickson said a University of Maryland report said 465 drivers were arrested in Maryland in 2012 for driving while impaired by alcohol and or drugs while also transporting a minor.

Ashley Halsey reports on national and local transportation.
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