Oklahoma court's DUI ruling upholds legal standard

The Oklahoman Editorial 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.

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