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Proposed Bill Would Strengthen Drunk Driving Law
OHIO -- There's a new push to strengthen drunk driving laws here in ohio to keep people from re-offending.
It's called Annie's Law and is named after an Ohio attorney who was hit and killed by a drunk driver last year.
The law hasn't made it out of committee at the General Assembly in the state capitol.
But it just received a big push from the national transportation safety board.
The bill would require all convicted drunk drivers including first time offenders to blow into an ignition device that measures your alcohol content.
If you're over the legal limit it won't let your car start.
But one driver says while he agrees drinking and driving is bad he feels for first time offenders the proposed law is extreme.
"I think for a first time offense it would be, but I think clearly most people when they've been stopped and prosecuted for operating a vehicle while they're drunk and so on they get the message and they don't do it again," said Christopher Clifford.
Critics of the bill are concerned the device would be considered punishment and so judges lose their ability to hand out a fair sentence.
But supporters say, it's simply meant to prevent fatal crashes and keep drunk drivers off the roads.
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