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New Oklahoma DUI Laws – Erin Swezey Act – 2011

Oklahoma state legislature stiffens penalties for drunk driving. Senate bill number 529 aka the Erin Elizabeth Swezey Act was signed into law by Govenor Mary Fallin and will go into effect as from November 1st 2011.

Erin Elizabeth Swezey was an Oklahoma University student who was killed by a drunk driver in 2009. The drunk driver was driving the wrong way on the Kilpatrick Turnpike and had a BAC (blood alcohol content) of 0.29%, he was also convicted of previous DUI offenses.

The Erin Swezey Act requires first time offenders with a blood alcohol content of 0.15% or those that refuse a chemical test to install an ignition interlock device for a period of 1.5 years (18 months) after driving privileges are re-instated.

The act also clamps down on repeat DUI offenders requiring second time DUI offenders to install an ignition interlock device for a period of 4 years and 3rd or subsequent DUI offenders must install an ignition interlock device for a period of 5 years after driving privileges are re-instated.

Under the new law drivers who are required to install an ignition interlock device will have “interlock required” stamped on their drivers license for the mandatory time period they must have the device installed.