MADD and the father behind Leandra’s Law, Lenny Rosado, are calling on the New York State Assembly to advance S 6636/A 9544, sponsored by Senator Charles Fuschillo and Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg. Passage of this important legislation would improve Leandra’s Law by increasing ignition interlock compliance rates.
Leandra’s Law was signed in 2009, making driving drunk with a child passenger a felony, and requiring ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers. However, due to loopholes in the state’s current drunk driving law, only one third of DWI offenders in New York have had an interlock installed since August 2010.
Throughout the U.S., 16 states (including New York) require ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ignition interlocks save lives and reduce drunk driving repeat offenses by 67 percent.
New York residents: Contact your lawmakers today in support of strengthening Leandra’s Law.
For more information on MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving®, which includes requiring ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers, visit www.madd.org/campaign.
Yesterday, the Assembly Transportation Committee failed to advance S 6636/A 9544, despite strong support from the full Assembly.
MADD implores New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to advance pending legislation to strengthen Leandra’s Law and save lives. The Speaker’s action is especially critical for victims like Lenny Rosado and for the citizens of New York who deserve to be protected from repeat drunk driving offenders.
If you live in New York, please contact your lawmakers now. It's quick and easy, and you can help save lives in New York.