A new South Carolina law called Emma's Law requires even first-time DUI offenders to install an ignition interlock device in their cars. The law was named after a girl who was killed in a drunk driving accident while going to church with her family in 2012. Emma's Law says that a first-time offender with a blood alcohol content of more than .15 percent must use such a device for six months. If a driver is convicted for a second time, the device must be used for two years.
Drivers will not be able to get their licenses back until they complete the Ignition Interlock Program. The ignition interlock device prevents a vehicle from starting if the driver has a blood alcohol content of more than .02 percent. Those who have an interlock device must pay $130 a month out of their own pocket. Reports say that 750 drivers in the state have such a device in their vehicles.