MD Drunk Driving Laws Toughen Up

Maryland’s drunken-driving laws got tougher on October 1st. Motorists convicted of driving while impaired twice within five years will have their licenses suspended for a year. Two drunken-driving charges within a ten-year period could result in jail time rather than probation. Finally, a person furnishing alcohol to someone younger than 21 can face criminal charges rather than just a fine. Drunken-driving fatalities in the state fell by 15-percent last year, but there still were 152 alcohol-related deaths on Maryland roads.