Stricter Punishment for DUIs with Emma's Law Now in Effect

Dirk J. Derrick
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Looking to drink and drive? Legislator's and the family of Emma Longstreet, a 6 year old girl who was killed by a drunk driver in 2012, hope you will change your mind with the new law that was recently passed.

For those who are now convicted of their first DUI by blowing a 0.15 blood alcohol content or higher, they will be required to pay for and install an interlocking device on their vehicle that mandates they blow each time before the car will start. If you've been drinking, the car will NOT start. This is required for a six month period.

To make the system even more advanced, there will be a camera system that will guarantee the person blowing is the person who the device was intended. The camera and monitoring system will also require a monthly fee for the driver.

For those who have multiple DUI convictions, they will be required to maintain the same system for a period of two years. 

This new law hopes to reduce the amount of accidents, injuries, and deaths caused by drunk driving. If you or someone you know chooses to drink, make smart decisions about how you will get home. Hurting yourself or others can happen in an instant when you are driving under the influence of alcohol.

If you would like to read the new law in detail, please see www.emmaslaw.org.

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