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Wed March 16, 2011

New DUI Bill Clears Senate

Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. Senate OKs crackdown on drunken driving

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Anyone convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol in Oklahoma would have to install an ignition interlock device on their vehicle for two years under a bill passed by the state Senate and sent to the House.

The Erin Elizabeth Swezey Act passed on a 45-0 vote Tuesday. It's named after a 20-year-old Edmond woman killed by a drunken driver. A second DUI conviction would require the ignition lock for five years and a third would lead to the device being installed for eight years.

The lock includes a device that detects alcohol and the driver must blow into it. If any alcohol is detected, it will not allow the vehicle to start.

Those convicted of DUI would also have the words "interlock required" printed on the driver's license.