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June 2018 Archives

New Maryland athletic director open about his 2010 DUI

If you've been arrested for drunk driving, you may feel as though your life will never be the same. However, the new University of Maryland athletic director is a living testament to the fact that you can indeed rebuild a life, career and reputation damaged by a DUI.

Maryland man charged with DUI, driving without interlock device

If you've been convicted of DUI, it's essential to understand all of the penalties and restrictions resulting from that conviction, even if you don't have to spend time in jail. Here in Maryland, one of those requirements is the installation of an ignition interlock device (IID) on your vehicles if you get your driver's license back. That's mandated under the Drunk Driving Reduction Act of 2016 (commonly known as Noah's Law).

Frat parties + underage drinking = possible criminal consequences

While attending parties at fraternity and sorority houses are often considered part of the college experience, there is also an expectation among many that drinking alcohol will also be a part of this experience. While this may be the norm at many parties, it's incredibly important for party attendees to know there could be consequences for drinking at these parties, especially if you are under the age of 21.

Parents can prevent underage drinking this Fourth of July

Many Americans can't imagine celebrating the Fourth of July without alcohol. Beer, wine and stronger stuff are staples of most holiday cookouts and parties. Unfortunately, this means easy access to alcohol for teens and even younger kids.

While drunk driving is declining, drugged driving in on the rise

Drunk driving has been declining on America's roads, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). However, the news isn't all good. The same GHSA study found that drugged driving has been increasing — and the results have been deadly. The percentage of drivers killed in crashes who were found to have drugs in their system rose from 28 percent in 2006 to 44 percent in 2016.

What is 'Noah on Patrol?'

Many of our readers are familiar with "Noah's Law." That Maryland law, officially called the Drunk Driving Reduction Act of 2016, was enacted following the death of a young Montgomery County police officer, Noah Leotta. He was killed by a drunk driver with two prior DUI arrests. State law requires those convicted of DUI (even first-time offenders) to have an interlock ignition device (IID) installed on their vehicles.

What are colleges doing to prevent underage drinking?

If you're sending your child off to college in the fall, whether here in Maryland or across the country, you're likely nervous about the kinds of things he or she will be exposed to, e.g., copious amounts of alcohol. You may find some assurance in the knowledge that colleges and universities are taking steps to curb underage drinking among their student bodies by implementing policies that prohibit it and penalties for those who fail to adhere to those policies.

What you should know about ignition interlock devices

Ignition interlock devices (IIDs) save lives. According to a recent study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), states with laws that require people who are guilty of driving under the influence to have IIDs installed in their vehicles reduce fatal DUI-related crashes by 16 percent.