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Emma's Law Passes Through the House

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Supporters of Emma's Law Rally outside the Statehouse. Supporters of Emma's Law Rally outside the Statehouse.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -

Emma’s law is moving forward after the House approved a bill requiring more people convicted of drunken driving to install a device on their vehicle that prevents it from starting if it detects alcohol.

Supporters of the law gathered outside the Statehouse on Wednesday to push the passage of the bill. The message at the rally was plain and simple, pass Emma’s Law. Emma’s family attended the event along with other families to share their stories.

“South Carolina is always looking to be number one, but let’s not be number one at the DUI desk. We are in the top three. We don’t want to be there anymore,” said David Longstreet, Emma’s Father.

The bill would require anyone convicted of driving with a blood-alcohol content of 0.15 percent or greater to install an ignition interlock on their vehicle for at least six months. Second, third and forth offenders would have to keep the device in their vehicle for longer.

Next the bill will go to a formality reading by the House and then back to the Senate.

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