As far as administrative driver’s license revocation, roadside sobriety
checkpoints, and child endangerment laws go, the state of Maryland has
scored a three out of five points for its laws against
DWI, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
MADD started its “Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving” in 2006;
part of the campaign focuses on reducing alcohol-related motor vehicle
deaths, and highlights how far each state has gone in its efforts to reduce
What Maryland doesn’t have, according to MADD’s Report to the
Nation, is the “no-refusal” policy that has gained much notoriety
in Texas, in which on-call judges are ready to issue search warrants for
blood draws – on nights and weekends – as well as nurses in
mobile units to withdraw blood samples from suspected drunk drivers who
refuse the breath test.
Maryland also doesn’t require the ignition interlock device for all
first-time DWI convictions; MADD argues that Maryland allows diversion
practices that allow defendants to get around the ignition interlock requirement,
and that its ignition interlock law doesn’t go far enough.