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Haley signs Emma's Law

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By JEFFREY COLLINS
Associated 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 toward honoring Emma and preventing other families from enduring the pain they have had to experience. I am proud to sign this bill and hope this brings peace to the Longstreet 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.

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