MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. — Saturday marked a year ago today that Officer Noah Leotta was killed by a drunk driver while he was out conducting drunk driving enforcement.
Since then, his killer has been sentenced to ten years in jail, and the Drunk Driving Reduction Act of 2016 (also known as Noah’s Law) went into effect in Maryland, requiring people convicted of alcohol-related driving offenses to participate in the Ignition Interlock System Program.
Officer Leotta was struck on Dec. 3, 2015, and died of his injuries Dec. 10. Luis Reluzco, the drunk driver who killed Leotta, had been charged with DUI three times before, but was still able to get into his car and drive inebriated.
Noah’s Law aims to help put an end to this kind of preventable tragedy.
Reluzco said in court in October that he “wished he had hit a pole that night and killed himself instead” and promised that when he is released, he will “spend the rest of [his] life advocating against drunk driving.”
Leotta’s family, friends, and some members of MCPD came together on Dec. 3 to honor his memory by tying blue ribbons (for fallen law enforcement) and red ribbons (for victims of drunk driving) around the neighborhood where Leotta grew up, and where his parents still live.