Maryland has the ninth-highest ignition interlock usage rate in the country. The program, monitored by the Motor Vehicle Administration, has been in force since 1989, and it works. Depending on the charge, the consequences require some drivers to enter the program. Others may elect to participate instead of requesting a hearing for their drunk driving charge and to regain their suspended or revoked driver's license.
During the holidays, the roads in Maryland are packed with people traveling to parties, ceremonies and other seasonal celebrations. It is not unusual for alcohol to be served at these events. Unfortunately, some drivers will get behind the wheel after having too much to drink. The results can be catastrophic.