Supporters of Annie's Law Say Bill Would Cut Down on Drunk Driving Deaths

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UPDATED: Thursday July 10, 2014 6:45 PM

A bill that supporters say would cut down on drunk driving deaths in Ohio is likely to be debated when lawmakers return after the November election.

Annie's Law is named after Annie Roonie - a local attorney who was killed by a drunk driver last year on the 4th of July.

"If this had been in place she'd be alive today," said Dr. Rick Rooney, Annie’s father.  "All the grief and agony that we experience almost every day in Ohio could end if we pass this and then Ohio would be an even greater state."

Annie Rooney was killed by a drunk driver who had a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit.

The legislation would expand the use of ignition interlocks for all first-time offenders with an illegal blood alcohol concentration  of .08 or greater.

An equipped vehicle won't start if the blood alcohol content is above the legal limit after the person blows into the device.

Over thirty states have already passed similar laws.

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