Intoxicated New York Driver Breaks Leandra’s Law

by | February 27th, 2012

February 27, 2012

A DUI law that is used under special circumstances was put to good use over this past weekend. Reports from the Buffalo News say that a 19-year-old man was arrested in Clarence, New York, yesterday morning for breaking Leandra’s Law.

Leandra’s Law–or the Child Passenger Protection Act–a New York law that makes it an automatic felony offense–even for first time offenders–for drivers who are caught behind the wheel while under the influence with a child 15-years of age or younger in the vehicle with them.

A person convicted of breaking Leandra’s law faces:

  • A prison sentence of up to four years
  • A fine of $1000–$5000
  • Mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device for a term of at least six months
  • Automatic suspension of license pending prosecution
  • The person will be reported to the Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment and their license will be suspended for a minimum of twelve months

Deputies with the Erie County Sherriff’s Department say that the teen was arrested at around 2:30 AM on Sunday after being caught driving under the influence of narcotics with a 15-year-old passenger in the vehicle.

The Buffalo car accident lawyers with William Mattar Injury Lawyers are also working to eliminate drunk driving in the area by partnering with organizations, such as Designated Drivers of Rochester and Buffalo, to offer free ride homes to those who have too much to drink.