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'Emma's Law' heading to SC governor's desk

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A bill aimed at preventing more drunken driving deaths in South Carolina is heading to the governor's desk.

"The governor congratulates Mr. and Mrs. Longstreet on passing this legislation and honoring Emma's memory in a way that will protect South Carolina families for generations to come. It took an awful lot of hard work and Governor Haley will proudly sign this bill," said Gov. Nikki Haley's spokesman Doug Mayer.

The Senate voted 40-0 on Wednesday to agree to the House's amendments, representing final legislative approval. The measure requires more people convicted of drunken driving to install a locking device that prevents their vehicle from starting if it detects alcohol.

It is named for 6-year-old Emma Longstreet, who died on New Year's Day 2012 when a repeat-offender drunken driver struck her family's minivan as they drove to church.

Under the bill, the first conviction for driving with a blood-alcohol content of 0.15 percent or greater would put an ignition interlock on a vehicle for six months. A second conviction at 0.08 percent would keep it on for two years.

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