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Emma's Law passes third reading, heads to Senate

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

After a third and final reading in the House of Representatives, Emma's Law is now headed for the Senate after a unanimous vote Thursday morning.

The bill's passing in the House is great news for bill supporters who have been pushing for its passage.

Emma's Law is aimed at cracking down on drunk drivers. The bill cracks down on first time DUI offenders if they have a blood alcohol content above .15 at the time of their arrest. Those first time offenders get an ignition interlock device installed in their car for six months.

However, the bill isn't nearly as strict as some legislators or the Longstreet family had originally hoped.

On Wednesday, the family told us it us another step toward victory in preventing impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel.

"So many people get over a DUI," said David Longstreet, Emma's father. "The people that lose their life or have an injury or the people that perpetrate the crime. Their family has a bad scar on their family and that's the thing about these interlocks is they're going to prevent the tearing up of the relationship within our communities."

No word on when the Senate plans to take up the bill. If passed in the Senate, it will head to Gov. Nikki Haley's desk for her signature.

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