Leandra’s Law Interlock Penalties Increased, DA Warns

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, right, speaks at a news conference Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013. From left are Betsy Shein, whose son was killed by a drunken driver; Lenny Rosado, whose daughter was killed by a drunken driver and had Leandra’s Law named after her; and Marge Lee, head of anti-DWI advocacy group DEDICATEDD.Convicts who drove drunk with children as passengers have been skirting sentencing under the New York State law that makes such conduct a felony, a trend that prompted passage of tougher penalties that begin Friday.Amendments to Leandra’s Law going into effect double the six-month duration convicted drunken drivers must have their vehicles equipped with an ignition interlock device that forces them to blow into a breathalyzer and stops them from starting the engine if they have alcohol on their breath—a sentence requirement most ignore.“We are one of the toughest states on drunken driving, and tomorrow we will be even tougher,” Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice told reporters during a news conference at her Mineola office Thursday while flanked by advocates for families of victims killed or maimed by drunken drivers. “We are going to be able to capture a lot of those people that are evading the ignition interlock now.”Seventy two percent of New York State drunken-driving convicts ignore court orders to install interlocks or skirt the law by transferring ownership of their vehicles, according to the state Office of Probation Correctional Alternatives.The beefed-up Leandra’s Law also allows authorities to install interlocks before convicts are sentenced to ensure that it gets done, mandates interlocks for youthful offenders and upgrades driving while intoxicated with a conditional license—limited driving privileges judges grant to some DWI convicts—from a traffic violation to a felony, same as DWI without a license.In addition, DWI convicts who agree not to own or drive a vehicle will be required to make those statements under oath that, when violated, can result in charges of contempt of court of filing a false instrument—misdemeanors punishable by up to a year in jail.“My life is not in any way normal anymore,” said Betsy Shein, whose 21-year-old son, Jason, was killed in Farmingdale five years ago by a drunken driver who had transferred ownership of his SUV after a prior DWI conviction. “When you get together for Thanksgiving and there’s an empty chair, it hurts.”Lenny Rosado, whose 11-year-old daughter Leandra was killed in 2009 in New York City when the drunken driver of the SUV she was riding in crashed, said he hoped that the law named for her will go national.Leandra’s Law, or the Child Passenger Protection Act, made driving while intoxicated with a passenger 15 years old or younger a felony in New York when it passed later the same year. The law also required all DWI convicts—misdemeanor first-time offenders and felons alike—to install interlocks, regardless of whether there were any kids along for the ride.Assistant District Attorney Maureen McCormick, the Vehicular Crimes Bureau chief who helped Rice lobby for the Leandra’s law amendments, added that there are still a few more loopholes that need closing, especially for drugged drivers.“It’s difficult to know on a given night how many drunk drivers are out there,” she said. “We’ve got to change the culture, we’ve got to start young.”last_img read more

Family home in Manly a versatile entertainer

first_imgThe upstairs living area opens to the back balcony“We did have two teenagers living at home and the downstairs lounge area enabled them to have their own living area and we had our own living area upstairs,” he said. And being walking distance to Manly Village, the train station and the ocean was also handy for the teens. But now that Mr and Mrs Laurendet’s children have left home, it’s time for the couple to downsize. Mr Laurendet said he would miss the friendly neighbours and community. The property is being marketed by Sandra Greaves from Belle Property Manly for offers over $845,000. The home at 137 Mountjoy Tce, ManlyTHIS fully-renovated home is a short stroll from Manly Village and the Esplanade. Sandra and Mark Laurendet bought the home at 137 Mountjoy Tce in 2003 and gave it a complete makeover. “We basically stripped the inside, reconfigured it and refitted it out,” Mr Laurendet said. “The balcony is no longer enclosed and it has the views of the water.”On the ground floor there are two bedrooms, with a built-in robe in one, a study, family bathroom with tub and shower, and a laundry. The big family room flows out to the back patio and fenced back yard. The downstairs living area would make for a good teenagers’ retreatThe master bedroom with walk-in robe and ensuite is upstairs, separate from the other bedrooms. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020Also on this level, there is a dining room, lounge area, kitchen and powder room.The kitchen has a crisp white colour scheme, stainless steel oven with a gas cooktop and rangehood, and plenty of bench and cupboard space. The upstairs lounge area also has sliding doors that open to the balcony with ocean views. Mr Laurendet said the multiple living and outdoor areas made the home perfect for entertaining.And the separate parents’ and teenagers’ retreats made for functional family living. last_img read more