New York To Mandate Ignition Interlocks On Vehicles With Leandras Law

08.13.10 | FL News Team

(Massapequa, NY)  --  The second tougher phase of Leandra's Law takes effect this weekend.  Anyone convicted of a drunk driving charge must install an ignition interlock in their vehicle.  The driver must blow into a device to prove they have not been drinking.

The new law, taking effect this Sunday, would apply to first time and repeat offenders.  The provision was included in Leandra's Law, making it a felony for anyone caught driving drunk with a child in the car.  The measure is named in honor of eleven-year-old Leandra Rosado, who was killed last October in a fatal drunken collision on the Henry Hudson Parkway.

New York is now one of ten states to mandate ignition interlocks following drunk driving convictions.