Leandra’s Law – Mandatory Ignition Interlocks
Starting on August 15, 2010 anyone convicted of Driving While Intoxicated in the State of New York will be required, as part of a sentence, to install a breathalyzer interlock on any vehicle that they own or have access to. This includes first time offenders. The legislation, formally called the “Child Passenger Protection Act” but commonly known as “Leandra’s Law,” was enacted after the death of Leandra Rosado when a friend’s mother crashed on Manhattan’s West Side Highway while driving Leandra home from a party. The driver has been accused of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) and at the time of this writing her case is pending.
Starting an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) equipped vehicle requires blowing into the ignition connected unit. If alcohol is detected the device will prevent the vehicle from starting. Furthermore, it reports positive breath-alcohol content (BAC) to probation authorities, which results in a violation of probation charge which could lead to a jail sentence.
The cost to install and maintain the device is the convict’s responsibility. The installation fee is $75.00 and monthly maintenance is another $70.00 monthly, and the minimum time period an IID must be installed on the convict’s vehicle is 6 months. Moreover, the ignition interlock device must be installed not only on the convict’s car, but any car the convict has access to, and the convict is prohibited from driving any vehicle that does not have an installed IID.
There is only 1 way to avoid having an Ignition Interlock Device installed on your vehicles – beat the charge. It is now more important than ever to hire a lawyer well versed in NY DWI and DUI law. Michael Palumbo founded Attack That Ticket to bring such skilled advocacy to the motoring public. If you have been charged with driving while intoxicated, give them a call at 1-877-99-NO-TIX (1-877-996-6849) or contact them on the web at http://www.AttackThatTicket.com.