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Legislation Being Considered To Expand Ignition Interlocks On Cars Of Convicted Drunk Drivers

February 26th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

Police officers injured by drunk drivers, along with law enforcement leaders and members of Mothers Against Drunk Driving packed a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee which is considering legislation to expand the use of ignition interlocks on the cars of convicted drunk drivers. A measure before lawmakers would require all drunken drivers with blood alcohol contents of 0.08 or greater to have the devices, for six months for a first offense, and one year for repeat offenders. The bill is being called "Noah's Law" because of the December death of Officer Noah Leotta. He was killed while working on a driving-under-the-influence assignment by a suspected drunk driver with two previous convictions. Other witnesses appearing before the committee, included Eva O'Cronin Marino, wife of Howard County Police Officer Mike Marino, who was badly injured last March when his patrol car was struck by a suspected drunk driver. Marino says her husband has recovered and is back at work, but still feels the effects of the crash…


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