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By Kate Ryan | @KateRyanWTOP ANNAPOLIS — If a Maryland driver is convicted of drunken driving, they must have an ignition interlock device installed in their car. That’s due to Noah’s Law, the 2016 legislation named for Noah Leotta, a Montgomery County police officer killed by a drunken driver in 2015. But now, Maryland lawmakers say that despite Noah’s Law, there is a gaping loophole in the state, and they want to close it. Under current law, if a driver pleads to a drunken-driving charge and gets probation before judgment (known as PBJ) they are not subject to that requirement….
Rich Leotta has joined Mothers Against Drunk Driving, calling on lawmakers to expand Noah’s Law to require ignition interlock systems for first offenders who plead guilty and are given probation instead of a conviction.
WRAP’s Public Service Award is an honor annually presented to a person or persons championing lifesaving public policies aimed at deterring drunk driving and or underage drinking. This year, it is presented not to an elected official but an unparalleled anti-drunk driving advocate thrust into the position of “change agent.” He – along with his wife, Marcie, who is also with us today – unfortunately, can speak, first hand, of drunk driving’s inherent dangers. A married and dedicated father of two and former procurement director for the U.S. Department of Energy before retiring four years ago, he is perhaps best…
Rich Leotta was with MCPD at a Checkpoint at Arcola and Georgia Ave on Friday 11/2/18. 5 people were arrested for DUI. Checkpoints are an effective enforcement tool that reduces drunk driving by 20%. Thank you MCPD for saving lives!
WASHINGTON — After facing years of criticism, the passage of Noah’s Law in 2016 was supposed to show that Maryland lawmakers took drunken driving seriously and were willing to impose stronger sentences. But now advocates are growing frustrated that the law may not be having the impact it was supposed to thanks to a loophole that allows some people to walk out of court with minimal sentences. Read the full article here.
Maryland Department of Transportation Promotes Driver/Pedestrian Safety for Halloween and Highlights Success of Noah’s Law
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 25, 2017 Contact: Erin Henson MDOT Public Affairs 410-865-1025 (office) 443-829-9386 (cell) *** Media Advisory*** MDOT Promotes Driver/Pedestrian Safety for Halloween Officials focused on preventing impaired driving and pedestrian safety HANOVER, MD – On Friday, October 27, 2017, the Maryland Department of Transportation will hold a press conference focused on its efforts to increase driver and pedestrian safety awareness approaching Halloween. The visibility of pedestrians who are out Trick or Treating for Halloween, along with ways to prevent impaired driving, including transit options, will be discussed. The event also will highlight…
Rich Leotta and Marcia Goldman are members of a club that no parent wants to join. Instead of preparing for the holidays, they are remembering the two-year anniversary of their son’s death. Montgomery County Police Officer Noah Leotta, 24 was making a traffic stop on Rockville Pike while working on the Holiday Alcohol Task Force on Dec. 3, 2015, when he was struck by a car driven by an Olney man who had a blood alcohol content of .22, nearly three times the legal limit of .08. Noah Leotta died a week later. To mark the sad occasion, a large…
The father of a Montgomery County Police officer struck and killed by a drunken driver almost two years ago spoke at the Montgomery County Police Alcohol Holiday Task Force roll call before officers took to the streets to patrol over a holiday weekend that’s among the deadliest on the country’s roadways. Watch Full Video Here
There are more deadly drunk driving crashes on Halloween than New Year’s Eve, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. News4’s Aimee Cho spoke with the father of an officer killed by a drunk driver who has an important message for people who will be out drinking to celebrate the spooky holiday. Watch Full Video Here
It was one year ago when Noah’s Law put an ignition interlock device on every convicted first time drunk driver. It’s working, but drunk drivers are still making our roads far too dangerous. Watch Full Video Here