New York State Lawmakers Toughen Leandra’s Law

Posted: December 31, 2012

Dec. 31, 2012

New York State is known for some of the toughest drunk driving laws in the nation since the introduction of Leandra’s Law several years ago. The law makes operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol while there is a child in the car a felony offense. However, certain loopholes allowing offenders lighter-than-intended punishments have pushed state legislators to toughen the law.

CBS-New York reports that one of those loopholes comes from a section of the law stating some offenders also may be required to have ignition interlock devices installed on their vehicles for at least six months. The devices force motorists to test their breath for alcohol by blowing into a tube connected to their vehicle’s ignition system. Research suggests the devices may be effective in lowering the number of DUI related crashes, which could mean a reduction in the number of Car Accident Injuries.

Nassau County District Attorney, Kathleen Rice, stated as many as 70 percent of violators required to use the devices choose not to, which can be done by changing the name that the vehicle is registered to or by lying in court.

Either way, lawmakers intend to amend the law to close the loophole during the next legislative session.

The Car Accident Lawyers with William Mattar Law Offices recognize the dangers drunk drivers pose to themselves and other motorists, and suggest utilizing a designated driver or cab to travel after consuming alcohol.

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