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Oklahoma court's DUI ruling upholds legal standard

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: October 2, 2013
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New laws are of small comfort to survivors of those killed in crashes caused by drunken drivers. One such victim was Erin Elizabeth Swezey, 20, an Edmond woman killed by a drunken driver in a head-on wreck in 2009. Swezey is the namesake of 2011 law requiring first-time DUI offenders to have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicles. The device measures blood alcohol levels. Previously the law required the device only after a second offense occurred.

DUI defendants now face felony charges with a second offense. This won't affect Kelly and others, but the Court of Criminal Appeals made the right call in upholding a legal standard of not applying new standards to older offenses. The state's vigilance against drunken drivers will continue, as it should.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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