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Impaired Driving Prevention

The Problem

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.

Impaired DrivingFacts:

*Crash data source: State Highway Administration Safety Information Database

Maryland Laws and Consequences

Legal Drinking Age21

Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) 21 and Over:

.08 BAC
.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


Project StrikeforceMaryland'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.

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:

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

Maryland Impaired Driving CoalitionDUI 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.

Campaign Highlights: