Noah’s Law: How It’ll Change Maryland’s DUI Laws

Find out how Noah’s Law (SB 945) will affect DUI penalties in Maryland.

On May 19, 2016, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed Senate Bill 945 (SB 945) into law. The legislation—best known as “Noah’s Law”—will require all motorists convicted of driving under the influence alcohol (Md. Code Ann., Transp. § 21-902(a)) to install ignition interlock devices (IIDs) in their vehicles. Currently, IIDs are required only for DUI offenders with blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) of .15% or more. Noah’s law will also increase license-suspension periods for drivers who had a BAC of .08% or more or refused chemical testing in violation of Maryland’s implied consent laws.

Noah’s Law was named after Montgomery County police officer Noah Leotta. Officer Leotta was killed by a drunk driver in December of 2015 while working on a holiday DUI task force. The intoxicated motorist crashed into Leotta while he was standing outside his police cruiser, having just finished a traffic stop.

Noah’s Law will take effect on October 1, 2016.