Haley to receive Emma’s law for signature

  • Friday, April 11, 2014

COLUMBIA (AP) ó A bill aimed at preventing more drunken driving deaths in South Carolina is heading to the governorís desk.

The Senate voted 40-0 on Wednesday to agree to the Houseís amendments, representing final legislative approval.

The measure requires more people convicted of drunken driving to install a locking device that prevents their vehicle from starting if it detects alcohol.

It is named for 6-year-old Emma Longstreet, who died on New Yearís Day 2012 when a repeat-offender drunken driver struck her familyís minivan as they drove to church.

Under the bill, the first conviction for driving with a blood-alcohol content of 0.15 percent or greater would put an ignition interlock on a vehicle for six months. A second conviction at 0.08 percent would keep it on for two years.

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