"Annie's law" up for vote, would toughen laws against OVI - Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

"Annie's Law" up for vote, hopes to prevent drunken driving deaths

36-year-old Annie Rooney was killed by a drunk driver in July of 2013. (Provided photo) 36-year-old Annie Rooney was killed by a drunk driver in July of 2013. (Provided photo)
COLUMBUS, OH (FOX19) -

"Annie's Law" will be up for vote in the Ohio Judiciary Committee Tuesday, which would expand the use of ignition interlocks for first-time OVI offenders.

The legislation, authored by Reps. Terry Johnson and Gary Scherer, was created in response to the death of 36-year-old Annie Rooney, a lawyer killed by a drunk driver in July of 2013. The driver had prior drunken driver convictions.

Annie's Law would allow people whose licenses are suspended for OVI to use an ignition interlock during the period of license suspension, which is typically six months. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 50 to 70 percent of convicted drunk drivers will continue to drive on a suspended license.

Currently, 24 other states require interlocks for first-time OVI offenders.

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