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Leandra's Law is named after 11 year old Leandra Rosado who was killed in October 2009 when the adult driving her and her friends crashed the car on the Henry Hudson Parkway in NYC. The driver was arrested for DWI. This followed the horrific "Taconic Crash" in which 8 people were killed, 4 of them children. Mr. Rosado, Leandra's father, quickly teamed with MADD, Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., Assemblman Harvey Weisenberg and the Governor to pass this legislation on child endangerment and ignition interlocks. The resulting "Leandra's Law" elevates the crime of drunk driving with a child in the car to a Class E felony punishable up to 4 years in prison; if the child is injured, 7 years; and if killed, 15 years. It also mandates ignition interlocks for the cars of all convicted DWI offenders for a minimum of 6 months.
MADD Long Island has produced a wallet size card explaining Leandra's Law in the hope that if people know about these greatly increased consequences of driving drunk, it will dissuade them from doing so.
"Please don't drink and drive. Plan ahead: designate a sober driver, call a cab or a friend, or just stay where you are. No matter what, don't get behind the wheel. The consequences are just too terrible." Lenny Rosado
The cards a free for distribution in schools, at community events, through organizations, etc. We also ask that you give one to anyone you may know who may be prone to drinking and driving. You could save their lives and the lives of others.
Contact us at LongIsland.NY@madd.org and tell us what you would like the Leandra's Law Cards for and how many you need.