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For Immediate Release:

MEDIA ADVISORY

Governor Hogan to Dedicate Portion of MD 97
to Police Officer Noah A. Leotta

Governor to Highlight Efforts to Combat Drunk Driving and
Improve Roadway Safety;
Noah’s Law Expands State’s Ignition Interlock Program and
Will Take Effect October  1, 2016

September 13, 2016

HANOVER, MD (September 12, 2016) – Governor Larry Hogan will join the family of Montgomery County Police Officer Noah A. Leotta, Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn, Motor Vehicle Administrator Christine E. Nizer, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, Montgomery County Police representatives, Delegate Ben Kramer, and other state and county officials TODAY to dedicate a portion of MD 97 (Georgia Avenue) in the Olney area of Montgomery County to Police Officer Noah A. Leotta.  The event also will serve to highlight the start of Noah’s Law on October 1, 2016, with the goal of saving lives by removing drunk drivers from Maryland roadways.
 
WHEN:                Today, September 13, 2016, at 4 p.m.
 
WHERE:              Park and Ride Lot along southbound MD 97 (Georgia Avenue) at the Intercounty
                            Connector (ICC) in the Olney area of Montgomery County
 
WHO:          
Governor Larry Hogan
Rich Leotta (Noah’s father)
Marcia Goldman (Noah’s mother)
Pete K. Rahn, Secretary, Maryland Department of Transportation
Christine E. Nizer, Administrator, Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration
Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett
Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger
Delegate Ben Kramer
State and Montgomery County officials
Representatives from Mothers Against Drunk Driving and other highway safety advocates
 
BACKGROUND:
Montgomery County Police Officer Noah A. Leotta was struck by a drunk driver on December 3, 2015, while pulling over another suspected drunk driver during a holiday patrol.  Noah died on December 10 as a result of his injuries.  He died trying to prevent the exact crime that killed him -- removing impaired drivers from Maryland roadways.  As a result of his death, Noah’s family, friends and fellow officers worked to pass Senate Bill 945, the Drunk Driving Reduction Act of 2016 (Noah’s Law).  The Governor signed the bill into law on May 19, 2016.  The law will take effect on October 1, 2016.  Because of Noah’s dedication to public safety and his passion for removing impaired drivers from Maryland roadways, state elected officials from Montgomery County requested a portion of MD 97 (Georgia Avenue) in the Olney area be dedicated in his memory.  The dedication request was recently recommended by the Maryland Transportation Commission and approved by Transportation Secretary Rahn.
 
EDITOR’S NOTE:            
The event will feature the unveiling of signs dedicating MD 97 (Georgia Avenue) to Noah A. Leotta.  Members of the media also will have the opportunity to handle an ignition interlock device and witness how the device works when installed in a vehicle.
 
Media Contacts:
Erin Henson
Teri Moss
410-865-1025

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