Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Leandra's Law

Leandra's Law is a law that was recently passed in New York State. What it did was make it an automatic felony on the first offense to drive drunk with a person under the age of fifteen inside the vehicle. Of course, the New York State Assembly only passed this law after the death of a child, in this case a little girl named Leandra Rosado. I believe she was eleven when she was killed in a car crash with six other children in the car. The other six children were injured.

The other night, my husband and his partner arrested a woman who was driving drunk with two children under the age of five in the backseat of her car. Luckily, she hit a parked car, and the children were all right, but...really?
Apparently the husband/boyfriend was drunk as a skunk in the front seat, and they felt that she was the best bet to drive.
They charged her with Leandra's Law. She won't be driving for a long time now.
My only sadness about this is that a young girl had to die in order to drive home the point that reckless adults should not put a child's life in jeopardy. But isn't that always the way?

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