New York Drunk Driving Laws Toughest In The Nation

by William Mattar | May 21st, 2012

May 21, 2012

Drunk driving is an inexcusable act, as it not only puts the driver at a high risk of injury, but also everyone else on the road around them. According to CBS News, New York now has the toughest drunk driving consequences in the nation after putting Leandra’s Law into effect two years ago.

In October 2009, an 11-year-old child from New York City was killed when her friend’s mother, who was under the influence of alcohol, crashed while driving the young girl home. In response to the crash, lawmakers passed a piece of legislation that would make it an automatic felony if caught driving drunk with a child less than 16 years of age in the vehicle.

The crime is punishable by a prison sentence of up to four years and several thousand dollars in fines. Offenders are also required to have an ignition interlock device installed on any vehicle they are driving for a period of no less than six months.

Since the law’s inception a little more than two years ago, 310 individuals have been convicted. More than 40 percent of those individuals were required to serve prison sentences.

Drunk drivers cause thousands of New York Car Accidents each year. That’s why the Auto Accident Attorneys with the William Mattar Law Offices suggest contacting an experienced lawyer if you’ve been injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by a drunk driver.