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Annie's Law Put On Hold in Ohio House

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSPD) -- A House committee will wait until the fall to take up a bill that would allow judges to order ignition interlock devices on the vehicles of convicted drunk drivers.

Current law only gives judges the option for multiple offenders.

"We're disappointed but we're not devastated," said Rick Rooney who's daughter, Annie, was killed by a drunk driver on U.S. 50 in Ross County.

The bill has been named in Rooney's honor by Rep. Terry Johnson, a Portsmouth Republican behind the legislation.

"No one's child, no one's spouse, no one's relative, no one's friend or neighbor should perish from a drunk driver," he said.

Apparently the hang up in committee was over technical issues with the bill. Rooney hopes they get worked out over the summer and the bill gets moved to the House floor in the fall.

"We'd like to get it done sooner, but the legislative process grinds at its own pace and there isn't anything we can do about it," he said.

The woman who hit Rooney, Shira Seymour, had multiple DUI charges on her record. She's serving 8 years in prison for aggravated vehicular homicide.

 

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