The Drunk Driving Reduction Act of 2016, otherwise known as Noah’s Law, went into effect on October 1, 2016. The Drunk Driving Reduction Act of 2016 imposes new restrictions on drivers convicted of drinking and driving offenses and also enhanced the license suspension periods imposed by the MVA for administrative per se offenses.
A person convicted of (1) driving under the influence of alcohol or under the influence of alcohol per se or (2) homicide by motor vehicle while under the influence must participate in the Ignition Interlock program for 6 months for first time the individual is required to participate, 1 year the second time the individual is required to participate, and 3 years for the third or subsequent time the individual is required to participate.
The new law also requires a Court to order a person to participate in the Ignition Interlock Program for 1 year, as a part of the criminal sentence, if the person is convicted of driving while impaired by alcohol, drugs, or a combination of drugs/alcohol if the trier of fact finds that the individual refused a breath or blood test.
The increased MVA administrative per se suspensions are reflected below:
BAC at or above .08BAC at or above .15Test RefusalOldNewOldNewOldNewFirst Offense 45 days180 days90 days180 days120 days270 daysSecond or Subsequent Offense90 days180 days180 days270 days1 year2 years