In Maryland, Alex and Calvin’s Law and Other Statutes are Taking Effect

Starting Saturday, adults who provide alcohol to underage individuals in Maryland face up to one year of imprisonment and a maximum fine of $5,000, if the drinkers are going to drive and if that driving results in serious injury or death.

The original form of the statute, known as Alex and Calvin’s Law and named after two Maryland high school graduates killed in such an incident, included jail time and the $5,000 fine regardless of whether the minors were involved in an accident or the adult knew they planned to drive.

The law is one of several — including the anti-drunken-driving ignition-lock bill known as Noah’s Law — that take effect Saturday.