Second Phase Of ‘Leandra’s Law’ Takes Effect Sunday

NEW YORK (1010 WINS/WCBS 880) — The second phase of “Leandra’s Law” is going into effect this Sunday.

Earlier this week, Carmen Huertas, 32, pleaded guilty to driving drunk in the crash that killed the 11-year-old Leandra Rosado and injured six other girls left in her care for an ill-fated ride to a slumber party last October.

Rosado’s death led to the passage of “Leandra’s Law” which made it a felony to drive drunk with a child younger than 15 in the car.

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Now, anyone sentenced for DWI, including first time offenders, on or after Aug. 15 will have to install and maintain an interlocking ignition device in their car. The device prevents a vehicle from starting if the operator is under the influence of alcohol.

Gov. David Paterson said Thursday that the device decreases vehicular homicides by 35 percent.

“I’m calling this the final knock-out punch,” Lenny Rosado said. “This will definitely put away people that think it’s okay to drink and drive.”

Jennifer Flynn, whose 7-year-old daughter, Katie, was killed by a drunken driver on Long Island in July 2005, says making the device mandatory for those convicted will emphasize the seriousness of the offense.

“I think that for too long people are less afraid to shoplift than they are to drink and drive that socially we accept it,” Flynn said.

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  • Kristine

    My grandsons mother is dating a man who was currently arrested for the Leandra Law, fortunately he wasnt in the car that day but 2 small children were, innocently little bystanders, who trust the ones they love.Im afraid that someday my grandson will be in the car because I know there will be a next time….something has to be done.

  • James

    MY son ‘s mother is currently dating a man that was arrested for the Leandra law. In the car with him were children under the age of three. She believes that he will only face a few months in jail even though this is not his first dwi. I’m doing everything to keep my son and any other innocent children away from him and keep him behind bars.

  • lorena

    This is a law from a man who let his own ELEVEN year old daughter go off with a drunken stranger in car with five girls. What city parent lets their young kid get driven from Manhattan to the Bronx on a phone call from the kid??? So now parents who have a drink but cause no harm will have felony records if they are pulled over And maybe have their kid taken away. Of course no one should drive drunk but this law was nothing more than a guilty father’s way of placing the blame on someone else.

  • Ravan

    If you drink and drive, the deed to your house goes to Public Auction, you’ll have 30 days to vacate the premises and arrange to have the contents of your house stored at a facility of your choice, unless you’re going to prison. Your license, along with your driving privileges just get deleted from DMVs nation-wide in case you think going to Florida with 14 points of I.D. documents will save you in trying to get a license there. Lastly, you’ll be fitted with an embedded GPS device so that anyone can Google your 20 from any computer, or Wi-Fi enabled device. That’s for the first offense only. Sounds like a joke. But not to someone that has lost a loved one from a drunk driver.

    • zain

      i love your idea Raven. i’m all for it.

  • Cole

    It should be 5 years in the state pen automatic with no appeals ………….

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