Haley signs Emma's Law
By JEFFREY COLLINSAssociated Press
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WCIV) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has signed a law requiring more people convicted of driving under the influence to install a device that won't let their vehicles start if the drivers have been drinking.
Haley's spokesman Doug Mayer said the governor approved the bill Monday. She plans to hold a signing ceremony later for Emma's Law.
"Mr. and Mrs. Longstreet put great love and commitment towardhonoring Emma and preventing other families from enduring the pain they have hadto experience. I am proud to sign this bill and hope this brings peace to theLongstreet family while protecting citizens in South Carolina," said Haley in a statement.
The law requires anyone with a first conviction for DUI with a blood-alcohol content of 0.15 percent or greater to get an ignition interlock device for six months. The device tests a driver's breath and won't start if it detects a blood-alcohol level of 0.02 percent or greater.
The lock would go in place for two years for a second conviction with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 percent, the state's legal limit.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.