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Proposed Bill Cracks Down on Drunk Drivers (Feb 23, 2011)

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.

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