Friday, August 13, 2010
Phase ll of Leandra's Law Begins Sunday
"Drinking and Driving has taken too many lives and broken too many hearts," Nassau Executive Ed Mangano said. Nassau County will do everything in its legal power to prosecute convicted drunk drivers. Leandra's Law will certainly prove to be another deterrent to this senseless crime. The second provision of Leandra's Law will take effect on Sunday, which requires anyone convicted of driving while intoxicated as a misdemeanor or felony including first time offenders to install an ignition interlock system, in his or her vehicle. To operate a vehicle with an ignition interlock system, drivers must blow into a device that checks blood alcohol levels. The law will require DWI offenders to install a global positioning device at their own expense and keep them there for at least six months.
The law was adopted after Leandra Rosado was killed in a car crash because the driver of her car was drunk. The first provision of Leandra's law went into effect in December making it a felony for anyone to drive while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs with children under 16 in their vehicle.
Together Leandra's father Lenny Rosado and Neil and Jennifer Flynn of Long Beach, whose daughter Katie, 7, was killed by a drunk driver who drove the wrong way on the Meadowbrook Parkway in 2005 worked tirelessly to see this law come into effect.
The crash also killed limo driver Stanley Rabinowitz who was driving the Flynns back from a wedding.