Wednesday, April 2, 2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The South Carolina House has 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.
The House voted 112-0 on Wednesday on the measure named for a 6-year-old Lexington girl who died on New Year's Day 2012 when a drunken driver struck her family's minivan as they drove to church. Another perfunctory vote will return the amended bill to the Senate.
It would require anyone convicted of driving with a blood-alcohol content of 0.15 percent or greater to put an ignition interlock on their vehicle for at least six months. The time would increase with additional convictions.
Currently, only people with multiple DUI convictions must install the device.