What is “Leandra’s Law”

. . . in Honor of Leandra Rosado

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On 18 November 2009 “Leandra’s Law” became law . . . . in honor of 11 year old Leandra Rosado who was killed whilst traveling in a vehicle driven by the mother of one of her friends. The woman was intoxicated. In response to this terrible tragedy there were several changes made to the Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL). Leandra’s Law in effect strengthened the penalties against those who drink and drive.

  • Any person who is sentenced for DWI since August 15 2010┬ámust have an ignition interlock device fitted for all vehicles which they own and operate.
  • The addition of the ignition interlock device is duly noted on their drivers license.

Additional Provisions of Leandra’s Law

  • Aggrevated DWI / Child in Vehicle – Leandra’s Law establishes this as now a Class E Felony. According to the law . . . no person shall operate any motor vehicle whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs whilst there is a child passenger in the vehicle of age 15 years and younger.
  • Ignition Interlock Requirement – any person who is convicted of Aggravated DWI/Child in Vehicle or Aggravated DWI/Driving with a BAC of .18 or more must have an ignition interlock fitted to any vehicle which they own or operate. This device must be in the vehicle for a minimum six month period.
  • Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) – anybody who is convicted of DWI either on or after August 15 2010 must have a conditional discharge or probation imposed by the court. The condition of this sentence must be that an ignition interock device be fitted into any vehicle which they own or operate, which must remain within the vehicle for a minimum six month period.

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