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'Annie's Law' requiring Breathalyzers in cars of convicted drunk drivers goes into effect Thursday

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Posted at 7:53 AM, Apr 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-05 16:12:46-04

The Ohio law that requires people convicted of driving drunk to have in-car Breathalyzers goes into effect Thursday.

"Annie's Law," named after 36-year-old Annie Rooney of Chilicothe, was passed by the Ohio legislature and signed by Gov. John Kasich last year. Rooney was riding a bicycle when she was struck and killed by a drunken driver in July 2013.

Following her death, Rooney’s family pushed for stricter legislation in Ohio surrounding first-time OVI offenders.

Annie’s Law would require these offenders to use a breath alcohol ignition Interlock device. The device works as a sobriety test, requiring the driver to blow into a Breathalyzer before starting their vehicle