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Ignition interlock measure strengthened

Posted at 5:34 PM, Mar 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-11 17:34:37-05

A measure to expand ignition interlock requirements for drunk drivers in Maryland has advanced in the House of Delegates.

The House gave the bill preliminary approval on Friday.

Supporters criticized changes made by the House Judiciary Committee that did not require people who refused to take a breath test to have ignition interlock installed. But the committee added sanctions for refusing a test Thursday night.

Now, a person who refuses the test would have their license suspended for 270 days, up from 120 days, or they would have the opportunity to opt in to using ignition interlock.

The bill would require all drivers with blood alcohol contents of 0.08 or greater to have the devices installed. State law now requires them for those with a BAC of 0.15.

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