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Md. lawmakers plan bill to close ‘Noah’s Law’ loophole

Del. Vanessa Atterbeary. (File Photo)

ANNAPOLIS – Accused drunk drivers who are not convicted but receive probation before judgment in a Maryland court would be required to use ignition interlock devices for six months under coming legislation. Sponsors say the measure will close a loophole ...

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Police need not specify breath, blood test, Md. high court says

“Here, we unequivocally hold that, despite the circumstance – and our recognition – that jury nullification sometimes occurs, jury nullification is not authorized in Maryland and a jury does not have the right to engage in jury nullification,” Judge Shirley M. Watts wrote for the high court majority. (The Daily Record/File Photo)

Police need not specify whether they want a suspected drunk motorist to take a blood or breath test for the presence of alcohol, Maryland’s top court unanimously ruled last week in overruling a lower court’s reinstatement of a commercial driver’s ...

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Supporters of Md. ignition interlock law push for changes

ANNAPOLIS — Supporters of expanding ignition interlock requirements to all drunk drivers in Maryland are criticizing changes made to the measure by lawmakers. The House Judiciary Committee passed the bill to the House floor last week, but supporters said Thursday ...

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Montgomery County deaths spur Maryland drunken-driving bills

Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy said the potential for jail time for parents who host underage drinking parties puts ‘additional teeth’ into existing laws. ‘There should be consequences for these actions other than a fine,’ he says. ‘Fines are wholly inadequate as maximum penalties.’ (Photo illustration by Maximilian Franz)

The drunken-driving-related deaths in Montgomery County last year of two recent high-school graduates and a police officer have spurred legislation to allow judges to imprison adults who host underage-drinking parties, permit drunken-driving victims to get punitive damages and increase the punishment for drunken motorists who kill people.

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