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).
While an IID can be inconvenient and embarrassing at times, it can protect you and others on the road from harm. It can also protect you from getting yet another DUI.
One Maryland man is facing multiple charges involving DUI and not having the IID required after a previous DUI. According to the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office, the man was arrested earlier this month after a deputy reportedly saw him swerving across a center lane near Route 13 and Naylor Mill Road. Deputies say that when they pulled the 41-year-old man over, they spotted an open beer bottle in the car. They say he showed signs of being under the influence — something they say they confirmed.
They also say that the car had no IID even though the man was required to have one. Failure to have a court-ordered IID is a criminal charge in itself. The man is facing that charge as well as DUI, DWI charges and traffic violations.
If you’ve been ordered to have IIDs installed on your vehicles in order to get your driving privileges back after a DUI conviction, it’s essential that you have the device installed and maintained properly. If you attempt to get around this restriction, you’re only opening yourself up to further legal consequences.