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Lawmakers Urged to Require Ignition Locks for All Convicted Drunk Drivers
COLUMBUS -- Mothers Against Drunk Driving is urging Ohio lawmakers to support Annie's Law, which would require ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers.
House Bill 469, also known as Annie's Law, would require the locks on any vehicle driven by drunk drivers convicted of driving with a blood-alcohol concentration of .08.
The law was named after Annie Rooney, who was killed July 4, 2013, reportedly by a drunk driver.
"This legislation will help save lives, prevent injuries and stop repeat offenses," MADD Ohio Executive Director Doug Scoles said. "Ignition interlock legislation is a priority for MADD and we thank Representative Terry Johnson for his leadership and commitment to save lives and improve our safety."
Johnson is a former Scioto County coroner.
Ignition interlocks are small breathalyzers linked to a vehicle's ignition system. The convicted drunk driver must blow into the device to start the car. If the driver's blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is above the preset level the car will not start. Currently, 20 states including West Virginia require ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers.
"Annie's entire family is focused on preventing another family from going through this senseless, preventable, loss of life on our roads," said Walt Rooney. "Drunk drivers kill hundreds of Ohioans every year just like Annie, and we must do more to stop them. Drunk driving is a public health crisis and we are focused on standing with our legislators to have Ohio join the over 20 states that have made ignition interlocks mandatory for first time offenders."
For more information about MADD, click here http://www.madd.org/ or call 877-ASK-MADD.
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