New York Mandatory Interlock Law Takes Effect Aug. 15

Over the weekend, several newspapers in New York updated readers on some significant anti-drunk driving legislation that passed earlier in the year. According to multiple reports, 311 people have been arrested so far under the new Child Passenger Protection Act, which makes it a felony to drive drunk with a passenger under 16 in the vehicle.

The final provision of the Child Passenger Protection Act, also known as Leandra’s Law, will take effect on August 15: courts will order convicted drunk drivers to install ignition interlocks in their cars, regardless of whether a child under 16 was in the vehicle at the time. New York will join a group of 9 other states which require mandatory interlocks for all first-time offenders.

Check out the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services’ press release for more information.

One Response to “New York Mandatory Interlock Law Takes Effect Aug. 15”

  1. Edwin Says:

    For the drinking age to be reasonable, it must be 18 with its important components. New York has passed a good law regarding drunk driving, especially in the case of a person driving a girl or boy in the car who is 15 or under. It makes sense to charge someone with a felony for having a BAC of 0.08 while there’s a girl or boy in the vehicle who is 15 or under. Ignition interlocks brakes for people convicted of drunk driving is beneficial. It’s important to make these types of laws are fair but also serve its intended purpose.