May 19, 2016

‘Annie’s Law’ intended to keep DUI offenders from driving drunk again (OH)

A new law, approved by Ohio House lawmakers this week, aims to stop DUI offenders from getting behind the wheel drunk and putting lives in danger on the road.

The law is called “Annie’s Law.”

Annie Rooney, born and raised in Cincinnati, was hit and killed by a drunk driver on July 4, 2013, while she rode her bike in Chillicothe. View the full story here: ‘Annie’s Law’ intended to keep DUI offenders from driving drunk again

May 19, 2016

Hogan signs Noah’s Law, police and criminal justice reform bills (MD)

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed measures on Thursday that will change how drunk drivers are punished and how police are disciplined as well as another that dramatically shifts how the criminal justice system deals with nonviolent drug offenders.

The bills were among 144 pieces of legislation Hogan (R) signed in his final bill-signing session of 2016, leaving about 100 other measures still awaiting action. Hogan has until the end of next week to decide whether to veto the remaining bills or let them take effect without his signature. View the full story here: Hogan signs Noah’s Law, police and criminal justice reform bills

May 19, 2016

Impaired-driving summit to focus on marijuana (ME)

Experts and law enforcement officers will gather Monday in Portland to discuss how to improve highway safety as more drivers get behind the wheel after using marijuana and other drugs.

The impaired-driving summit, sponsored by AAA Northern New England and the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety, will focus on new research and approaches to deal with drivers who are under the influence. With the prospect of marijuana legalization in the state, the summit will focus largely on cannabis-impaired driving, according to organizers. View the full story here: Impaired-driving summit to focus on marijuana

May 19, 2016

New marijuana bill goes to governor (IL)

House lawmakers sent Gov. Bruce Rauner legislation on Wednesday to decriminalize marijuana across Illinois, meaning people caught with small amounts of marijuana would be fined instead of receiving jail time. View the full story here: Rauner gets new marijuana decriminalization bill

May 18, 2016

Virginia to Require Cameras With Ignition Interlock Devices (VA)

Virginia is making changes to its anti-drunken driving ignition interlock program.

Ignition interlock devices require drivers to blow into them to start their cars to determine whether they have had too much to drink. View the full story here: Virginia to Require Cameras With Ignition Interlock Devices

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