Roadway honors fallen officer Noah Leotta

Roadway honors fallen officer Noah Leotta

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - There’s something new along Georgia Avenue, next time you’re on MD 97 near the ICC.

Tuesday Maryland Governor Larry Hogan joined the Leotta family and several local leaders in dedicating a new portion of MD 97 to fallen Montgomery County Officer, Noah Leotta.

Officer Leotta died last December after he was struck and killed by a drunk driver. Police say he was working on an Alcohol Task Force that night, trying to prevent that very thing from happening to anyone else.

Noah’s father told WUSA 9 the signs are not just a symbol of respect but a reminder of Noah’s Law, which goes into effect on October 1, 2016. Lawmakers call Noah’s Law one of the strongest interlock laws in the United States. Montgomery County Police Captain Tom Didone says it will force the community to change.

The law makes it so that come Oct. 1st, not just those convicted but anyone caught driving drunk, could be forced to use an Ignition Interlock Device.

“We say it came quick, but they had been working on this law for seven years trying to get it to pass and they couldn’t, and there is so many people who needlessly have died over the years and if they had maybe implemented this law earlier, then those people would still be here today,” said Rich Leotta, Noah Leotta’s father.

Leotta says on Oct. 1st, his son will be patrolling.

Several people around the Olney area told WUSA 9 they feel connected the young officer’s passing. One woman says she watched coverage closely because she has children Noah Leotta’s age.

Another woman told WUSA9 her children are entering the ‘driving age’ and welcomes the new signs.

“I think any reminder of what has happened in the past where the people can be better and do better would be beneficial to everyone,” says Keesha Elliott.


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