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.