Local & Regional
Thu February 24, 2011
Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. bill cracks down on drunken drivers
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Drivers convicted of a first drunken driving offense would be forced to install an ignition device on their vehicles for two years under a bill being proposed in the Oklahoma Legislature.
Named after an Edmond woman killed by a drunken driver in 2009, the Erin Elizabeth Swezey Act is scheduled for a hearing Thursday in a Senate committee.
The bill requires anyone convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol to have a lock installed on their vehicle for two years that prevents the car from starting until the driver blows into the device, which measures blood-alcohol content. A second offense would require the ignition device be installed for five years, while a third conviction would lead to it being installed for eight years.