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Emma's Law being heard in South Carolina House

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COLUMBIA, SC (WTOC) -

A new bill being heard in the South Carolina House Thursday would crack down on convicted drunk drivers.

The bill, known as Emma's Law, requires ignition interlock devices in the cars of repeat offenders and first time offenders whose blood alcohol content is .12.

David Longstreet, Emma's father, has been pushing lawmakers to pass this pill, and with the help of the community has been raising awareness.

"Many years ago, the ignition interlock was not much more than a toy, and 20 years ago MADD opposed it, but now it's a very sophisticated piece of equipment," said Laura Hudson of MADD Legislative Affairs. "We're adding a camera that has to be put on the car."

Twenty-one states already mandate ignition interlock on the first offense if your blood alcohol content is .08 or above.

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