Legislators OK 'code 9' for drunks' licenses

April 13, 1993

The Maryland General Assembly approved a bill sponsored by Carroll Del. Richard C. Matthews that requires judges to order a restriction on the drivers license of anyone convicted of two drunken driving offenses.

That restriction will remain on the drivers license for three years.

"The importance of the 'code 9' stamped on a license is that it tells a police officer stopping a motorist for suspicion of drunk driving that this driver has been convicted twice of drunk-driving offenses and that he cannot refuse to take a Breathalyzer test," said Mr. Matthews, a Republican.

The legislation is one way to reduce drunken driving and its "tragic toll" on lives, property and the economy, he said.

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