Maryland Gov. Proposes DUI Legislation

By:

On Jan. 26, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley proposed legislation to impose tougher penalties for DUI offenders.

The Washington Post reported that O'Malley's legislation was among more than 20 bills, most of which would cost the state little or nothing, which the governor plans to push in the current General Assembly session.

The bills also include new restrictions on teen driving privileges and plans to reintroduce a bill that died last year that would authorize the use of speed cameras across the state - unsurprising priorities given that "Improving Public Safety" tops O'Malley's announced 2009 Legislative Goals.

The DUI bill would implement some recommendations made by a state DUI task force, including a mandatory one-year license suspension for a second DUI conviction during a five-year period for alcohol or drug related offenses.

The proposal comes as many states are considering more stringent punishments for DUI. Currently, the state legislatures in Mississippi, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Wyoming are all debating new DUI laws.

Among the other bills being proposed by O'Malley are measures to delay teens' ability to obtain a driver's license by three months. Under current law, people 15 years and 9 months old are eligible to obtain learner's permits. The bill would push the minimum age for a learner's permit to 16, and a full driver's license to the age of 18.

The bill would also put an 11 p.m. curfew on drivers younger than 18, rather than the current midnight deadline. Additionally, the bill includes several tougher penalties for moving violations committed by drivers under the age of 18.

Last year, a number of bills to restrict teen drivers failed in Maryland. Lawmakers who opposed the restrictions said that parents, not legislation, should make these decisions.


» Back to DUI Articles

Copyright © 2017 MH Sub I, LLC. All rights reserved. ® Self-help services may not be permitted in all states. The information provided on this site is not legal advice, does not constitute a lawyer referral service, and no attorney-client or confidential relationship is or will be formed by use of the site. The attorney listings on this site are paid attorney advertising. In some states, the information on this website may be considered a lawyer referral service. Please reference the Terms of Use and the Supplemental Terms for specific information related to your state.Your use of this website constitutes acceptance of the "Terms & Conditions", "Supplemental Terms", "Privacy Policy" and "Cookie Policy."