Drunk drivers don't plan on hurting themselves or anyone else when they decide to have a few drinks with friends and then drive, but it happens, more than anyone realizes. Every 58 hours someone in Maryland is killed by a drunk driver. In fact in 2008, 152 people lost their lives in alcohol-impaired driving crashes and 24,000 Maryland drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.
- In 2010, Maryland's 177 driver involved alcohol or drug impaired traffic fatalities represented 36 percent of all traffic fatalities.
- On average, over 8000 impaired driving crashes occur annually on Maryland Roadways and 35 percent of impaired driving crashes result in injury.
- Maryland's total number of traffic fatalities has dropped significantly over the past few years (651 total traffic fatalities in 2006 compared to 495 total traffic fatalities in 2010), however there has not been a corresponding downward trend in alcohol or drug impaired crashes — there were 171 impaired driving fatalities in 2008, 173 in 2009 and 177 in 2010.
- In 2011, over 22,000 arrests were made for DUI in Maryland, averaging 60 arrests per day
*Crash data source: State Highway Administration Safety Information Database
Maryland Laws and Consequences
|Legal Drinking Age||21|
Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) 21 and Over:
.07 BAC for DWI
|Automatic License Revocation:||License can be taken for refusing to take the test or for having a .08 BAC or higher. DUI convictions w/refusal result in additional up to $500 fine & 2 month jail sentence.|
|1st Offense DUI:||Fine: Up to $1,000|
Jail: Up to a year
Revoke License: Six months - 12 points on your license
|1st Offense DWI:||Fine: Up to $500|
Jail:Up to 60 days
Suspend License: 60 days - 8 points on your license
2nd Offense DUI:
|Fine: Up to $2,000|
Jail: Up to two years with a mandatory minimum of 5 days
Revoke License: 12 months
Suspend License: 1 year, 3-12 months Ignition Interlock period - 12 points on your license - Alcohol abuse assessment and program
|2nd Offense DWI:||Fine: $500|
Jail: Up to a year
Suspend License: Up to 120 days - 8 points on your license
3rd Offense DUI:
|Fine: Up to $3,000|
Jail: Up to three years
Revoke License: 18 months
|3rd Offense DWI:||Fine: Up to $500|
Jail: Up to a year
Suspend License: Up to 12 months
|Adults/Parents Who Aid Minors in Obtaining Alcohol:||Fine: Fine up to $500|
Repeated offenses: Fine up to $1,000
Maryland's Motor Vehicle Administration is a proud partner in Checkpoint Strikeforce, the multi-state education and enforcement campaign. Checkpoint Strikeforce is a sustained and highly visible enforcement and public information campaign coordinated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Region III Office.
Maryland, in close coordination with Virginia and the District of Columbia lead this effort as a means to curb impaired driving through the use of education, enforcement and accompanying outreach efforts in highly targeted jurisdictions throughout the State. Targeted Maryland areas are based on impaired driving crash, fatality, injury, arrest and judicial outcome data.
- Checkpoint Strikeforce is a research-based, zero-tolerance initiative designed to catch and arrest drunk drivers through the implementation of sobriety checkpoints, and to educate the public about the dangers and consequences of drunk driving.
- Males between the ages of 21 and 35 are the primary target audience. This demographic group is statistically at the highest risk for drunk driving.
- Complementing the deployment of sobriety checkpoints is a highly visible, resonant advertising and public awareness effort outlining the consequences of impaired driving.
- A significant effort has been put toward an ad campaign and educational outreach in Maryland. The creative ads were written and produced to connect with the target audience of 21-35 year old males.
Maryland's Impaired Driving Coalition (IDC)
MVA participates in the Statewide Impaired Driving Coalition, a network of public and private stakeholders that serves as the conduit for data analysis, campaign and project development, and implementation of projects, campaigns and future grants. Maryland's IDC will continue to serve as the lead governing body of the Statewide impaired driving prevention efforts.
The IDC consists of State and local agencies, law enforcement representation and private businesses. Speakers are routinely invited to present cutting-edge information, new initiatives, and data research to maintain better insight into the problems and solutions in impaired driving such as:
- Public Awareness
- Law Enforcement
- Improved Practice of Law
- Creating Effective Legislation
- Data Collection
- Education to Prevent Impaired Driving.
The impaired driving program pursues the recommendations of DUI Task Force reports, assessments, as well as the objectives established by the SHSP Impaired Driving Emphasis Team, which includes a recognition program for police agencies.
In addition, the IDC seeks to achieve a set of strategies and action steps to address increased enforcement, stronger penalties and standards for impaired driving convictions, as well as an overall strengthening of the post-arrest scenario, as well as exploring more effective and better coordinated enforcement and media campaigns to increase the public's awareness of impaired driving, its consequences and alternatives to this crime.
DUI Is For Losers - Social Norming Campaign
DUI Is For Losers is an education and media campaign that targets young males (age 21-34) and relies on dynamic and engaging messages and message delivery mechanisms to highlight the social scorn of acquiring a DUI conviction.
Focus groups and research has shown that young males are the most difficult population to reach in terms of drunk driving prevention, and that messages geared towards enforcement and incarceration are often unheeded. This new education and marketing campaign focuses on personal responsibility and personal loss as a motivator for finding alternatives to driving drunk.
- Relies on dynamic and engaging and never-before-used message delivery mechanisms (i.e., projection advertising, in-your-face-decals in select Baltimore bars)
- Recognition that Maryland's drunk driving problem is pervasive and that those most hard-to-reach offenders require engaging and useful information to make wise decisions
- Complements stepped up Statewide drunk driving enforcement
- Focuses on social scorn associated with dui with messages that ignite emotions about personal loss (i.e. financial, family, physical)
- Campaign creative focuses on personal loss, like jobs, ability to walk, financial loss, loss of respect among peers, and loss of life.
- Jail PSA
- Posters and coasters inside of Bars – Statewide
- Floor Decals Inside of Bathrooms in bars depicting intoxicated potential DUI offenders
- Projection Advertising on Jails, buildings, and Bridge Overpasses – Statewide
- Dynamic Website – www.duiisforlosers.com
- Video Clips of Victims/Offenders
- A useful list of resources and alternatives for would-be drunk drivers
RESOURCES AND LINKS
- MVA's Ignition Interlock Program
Everything you need to know if you are required to participate in this program.
Any cab. Anytime. Put this one on speed dial.
- Safe Rides Solutions
This service will bring an off-duty law enforcement officer to you, drive you and your car and your friends home. This is a paid service. Available only in Baltimore City and Prince George's County. Inquire on-line.
- The B4UDrink Educator Virtual Bar
B4UDrink is designed to help adults of legal drinking age understand the factors that affect their blood alcohol concentration (BAC).
- How a DUI Conviction Affects Your Insurance
Description of the affects that a DUI may have on an insured's auto policy, from insure.com, an online consumer insurance information service.
- The Cost of a DUI versus The Cost of a Hotel Room
Always look for alternatives to drinking and driving. Taxis can be convenient. But depending on how far you have to go, a motel room may be cheaper.
- Portable Breathalyzers Reviewed
Only buy Fuel Cell or Silicon Oxide Semiconductor sensor models. Avoid novelty models which can give false readings. A decent portable model will cost you $100-$150. Compare that to a $15,000 cost of a DUI.