SC House passes law aimed at reducing DUI deaths

SC House passes law aimed at reducing DUI deaths

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - The South Carolina House has approved a bill requiring more people convicted of drunken driving to install a locking device that prevents their vehicle from starting if it detects alcohol.

The House voted 112-0 Wednesday on the measure named for a 6-year-old Lexington girl who died on New Year's Day 2012 when a drunken driver struck her family's minivan as they drove to church. Another perfunctory vote will return the amended bill to the Senate.

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.

Currently, only people with multiple DUI convictions must install the device.

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