Stronger Drunk Driving Rule Among New Maryland Laws

A new law dedicated to the memory of a police officer killed by a drunk motorist will require anyone convicted of driving while intoxicated to install a device that will prevent their vehicle from starting if the driver has consumed alcohol.

The measure, known as “Noah’s Law,” is one of 300 bills passed by the General Assemblythis year that become law Saturday.

Named after Montgomery County police Officer Noah Leotta, the measure is seen as the most important stiffening of Maryland’s drunk-driving laws in several years. It makes the installation of so-called ignition interlock devices mandatory even for first offenders.