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Anti-drunk Driving Bill Passes Both Chambers (May 19, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Some people with a first-time drunken driving offense would be required to install an ignition lock device on their car under a bill approved by the Oklahoma House and Senate.

The Erin Elizabeth Swezey Act passed the Senate 43-0 and the House 94-2 on Thursday. It awaits Gov. Mary Fallin's signature.

The bill is named after Swezey, a 20-year-old Edmond woman who was killed by a drunken driver.

Under the measure, anyone who has their license revoked because of drunk driving and refuses to submit to tests or has a blood alcohol concentration of .15 must have an interlock installed on their ignition for 18 months.

A second revocation would require the lock be installed for four years. A third conviction requires it for five years.

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