By Randy Key, WJBF Web Content Coordinator - email
Photo of a man using a breath tester
Columbia, SC -
Emma's Law has passed through the South Carolina State Senate.
The Senate agreed with the South Carolina House of Representatives' amendments, giving final legislative approval to the bill.
If Governor Nikki Haley signs the bill into a law, alcohol breath tester devices will be installed into the vehicles for first time DUI offenders. The more offenses, the longer the device is installed.
"I think it's one of the most important pieces of legislature we will pass this year. We get very few opportunites in this body to cast a vote that we know will save lives. Today was one of those precious days," said State Senator Joel Lourie (D-Richland District 22)
South Carolina could become the 36th state to pass this type of law. The bill is expected to reach Governor Haley's desk next week.