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What are driving restrictions after a DWI conviction in Maryland?

| Mar 12, 2015 | Drunk Driving

There are certain things that people expect to happen if they are convicted of a drunk driving offense. Some people might expect to have to pay fines or go to a treatment program. Some might even know that they are likely to have their driver’s license suspended or revoked after they are convicted. There are some instances in Maryland in which a person who is convicted of drunk driving might face certain driving restrictions.

What types of driving restrictions are possible?

You may be required to have an ignition interlock device on any vehicle you drive. You might have alcohol and drug restrictions placed on your license. You might only be allowed to drive to specific places. Each of these can significantly affect your life.

What is the ignition interlock device restriction?

An ignition interlock device monitors your blood-alcohol content in a similar manner to a Breathalyzer. You would have to blow into the device each time you start the vehicle. If others drive the vehicle, they will also have to use the device. You are responsible for having this device installed and keeping it maintained per the legal standards given to you.

What drug and alcohol restrictions might be placed?

These restrictions state that you can’t operate a vehicle after you consume any mood altering substance. That includes any alcohol use, no matter the amount of alcohol consumed or your BAC level.

What restrictions limit driving to only designated destinations?

One driving restriction states that you can only drive to and from school or work. You would also be allowed to drive during the course of your employment. In some cases, you will have to provide verification of your employment.

As you can imagine, these restrictions can have a significant impact on your life. They are, however, likely better than having a revoked or suspended license. Learning if you are eligible for any of these options might help you decide if you should seek them.

Source: Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration, “Driving Restriction – Placement of a Restriction” accessed Mar. 12, 2015