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Senate OKs Crackdown on Drunk Driving (Mar 15, 2011)

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.

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