State Representatives Gary Scherer (R-Circleville) and Terry Johnson (R-McDermott) hold a press conference to discuss the issue of drunk driving in the state and House Bill 469, also known as Annie's Law. The legislation works to prevent drunk driving rearrests through the use of ignition interlock devices (IIDs).
HB 469, known as Annie's Law and sponsored by Representative Johnson, will expand the use of ignition interlocks for all first-time offenders with an illegal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or greater who seek driving privileges during a license suspension for a period of six months.
This legislation is named after Annie Rooney, Representative Scherer's constituent, who was killed by a drunk driver. Annie was travelling home when an oncoming driver crossed into her lane of U.S. Route 50. Annie was 36-years-old and had served as a prosecuting attorney.
Also attending with Reps Johnson and Scherer are: Christopher Hart, NTSB Acting Chairman; Doug Scoles, Ohio Executive Director at MADD; William "Bill" Windsor, Nationwide Insurance and Dr. Richard Rooney, Annie's Father.