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New Laws Take Effect In Virginia

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Richmond, VA—Several new laws take effect in Virginia on Sunday July 1, 2012. Voting, jet skiing and ignition interlock systems are just a few of the topics covered by the new regulations.

Starting Sunday, anyone convicted of Driving Under the Influence in Virginia will be required to install an ignition interlock in their car. The device won't allow a car to start unless the driver passes a breathalyzer test. Lawmakers hope this measure will reduce the number of alcohol-related deaths; 245 people suffered alcohol-related deaths last year.

Other new laws: Citizens will be required to pass a safety class before operating a jet ski, and boaters younger than 30 are required to complete a boating safety course.

Virginians heading to the polls to vote must display some form of identification before participating in any election.

And the extremely controversial "ultrasound law" takes effect Sunday. The law requires any woman seeking an abortion in Virginia to undergo an external ultrasound exam. Victims of incest and rape are exempt from the law.


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