The recent changes to Maryland DUI law show a serious commitment to reducing drunk driving. Maryland expanded ignition interlock access last year, joining the majority of states that require interlocks for all drunk driving offenders. It shouldn’t be surprising, however, given other measures the state takes against drunk drivers, like a Maryland administrative alcohol restriction on a DUI offender’s license.
A Maryland administrative alcohol restriction keeps you in check.
Making it tough to drink and drive after a DUI means ignition interlock devices and a license designation that says the person cannot purchase alcohol, even if you are over the age of 21. Plus, that alcohol designation has one more surprise for you if you get pulled over by law enforcement:
An alcohol restriction on your license prohibits you from operating a vehicle with any level of alcohol in your blood. If you are under the age of 21, your license automatically carries “Under 21 Alcohol Restriction.” If you have a prior impaired driving offense, your license may carry an alcohol restriction on it that was placed there by the Administration or the Courts. An alcohol restriction on your license also mandates that you submit to a chemical test when an officer suspects that you may be driving under the influence. If you refuse the test, or test positive for any level of alcohol, then you will be subject to additional sanctions.
After a DUI, the Maryland administrative alcohol restriction is probably the last thing you want to deal with, on top of your ignition interlock and DUI recovery process. However, once you get into the groove with the consequences for your DUI, you’ll be able to regain much of your freedom within a pretty short amount of time… as long as you are doing so while sober.