Prince George’s County Council member Mel Franklin (D-Upper Marlboro) (Mark Gail/For The Washington Post)

The advocacy group Mothers Against Drunk Driving is calling on a Prince George’s County lawmaker who was arrested last month to submit voluntarily to an ignition interlock program that would prevent him from driving if he has been drinking.

Council member Mel Franklin (D-Upper Marlboro) was charged with driving under the influence and related violations after the government vehicle he was driving struck a car stopped at a traffic light on Pennsylvania Avenue on Nov. 21, injuring two people. His attorney has not entered a plea, and no court date has been set, court records show.

By volunteering to have an ignition lock installed in his car, Franklin“would be sending a signal of leadership,” said Joseph Sikes, chairman of the Maryland advisory board for MADD.

“We put our trust in him to be a leader for Prince George’s County, and he should step up to the plate and show the responsibility to support the laws and do the right thing to get this straightened out,” Sikes said.

Franklin, who has been involved in two other crashes with county-owned vehicles, did not respond to requests for comment on MADD’s proposal on Monday.

The advocacy group lobbied hard this year for passage of “Noah’s Law,” an ignition-lock statute named for Montgomery County police officer Noah Leotta, who was killed by a drunk driver in Rockville.

The law, which took effect in October, requires drivers convicted of a first-time DUI offense to have the interlock installed on their vehicles for six months. The driver must blow into a mechanism that will prevent the car from starting if it detects that the driver has consumed alcohol.

Drivers charged with DUI can also volunteer to install such a system before trial, and to receive credit for the time it has been in use if convicted of the offense.

Franklin’s blood alcohol concentration was 0.10 when he was arrested, state police have said, above the 0.08 that supports a DUI conviction under state law. If convicted, he faces up to a year in jail, $1,000 in fines, 12 points on his driver’s license and suspension of his license for at least six months.

MADD last week criticized Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) for comments he made about Franklin’s situation. In response to questions from reporters about the arrest, Baker said the two-term lawmaker “has a bright future. I mean, this is, this is a blip. He and his family are hurting right now. The families that were in the accident are hurting, too.”

Baker’s words played down the seriousness of the alleged violation, said Sikes, whose daughter was killed in a 1992 drunken-driving crash. He noted studies showing that most people caught driving while intoxicated have done it many times before.

MADD tweeted at Baker, “Drunken driving is not a blip.”

Baker replied contritely. “DUI is very dangerous,” he tweeted. “I apologize for using ‘Blip’ to explain how the Councilman’s action will impact his career.”