Ohio family presents law honoring woman killed by drunk driver

Law adds mandatory ignition device to all DUI offender’s cars

Mar 06, 2014
As aired on NBC News

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio —An Ohio family is on a mission to get the vehicles of all DUI offenders changed in an effort to save lives.

Eight months ago Annie Rooney was killed by a drunk driver in Chillicothe.

At the time of the accident the driver’s blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit.

The driver had been arrested at least 5 times before for driving drunk. She was sentenced to eight years in prison in February for Rooney’s death.

Rooney’s family is pushing the state to adopt Annie’s Law, which would require an interlock ignition device on the vehicles of all DUI offenders.

The device would prevent the car engine from starting if the driver fails a Breathalyzer test.

The Rooney family was in Cincinnati on Thursday as lawmakers discussed the bill.

“It’s really the only thing that keeps our family going during this dark time. Without our vision and our hope that this could save other people, the grief and the horror we’ve been through, I don’t think we could cope,” Annie’s brother Walt Rooney said.

“Everybody has an Annie. Everybody has a son, a daughter, a brother a sister, a mom and dad.”

The current law allows a judge to require drunk drivers to use an ignition interlock device, but Annie’s Law would make it mandatory even for first-time offenders.

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