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Almost 4 months ago, I wrote about one of the first women to be arrested under the new Leandra’s Law. She was drunk on Christmas day, with four kids in the car, and headed to Rochester. But she overshot her exit and ended up an hour away in Depew, where she was pulled over.

This week, she was sentenced to 5 years probation and a $1,000 fine, and has lost her license. I have to say I was initially a little surprised that she wasn’t sentenced to some period of jail time. She had a clean record before this incident, and there appear to have been circumstances in her personal life the the judge felt required leniency. (more…)

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A press release from the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services discusses Leandra’s law, that was the focus of my last post. I pulled out some quotes from the release to share with you but take a closer look if you have the time.

“A DUI death occurs nearly every 40 minutes and an injury every 60 seconds in our state.”

“Law enforcement reported 9,202 alcohol-related crashes in 2008.”

“127 of those injured or killed were under the age of 10… 199 were under the age of 14… and 488 were 17 or younger.”

You don’t need to drink to have a good time, let alone drink and drive.

Spend New Year’s Eve how you want to spend the New Year… clean.

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In mid-December, a new law went into effect aimed at punishing adults who drive with children in their car. Leandra’s Law is named after a child who died when a driver flipped their vehicle over in Manhattan. Just this summer, eight people died when a mother drove under the influence on the Taconic Parkway and crossed into incoming traffic.

Apparently this wasn’t enough to stop some people… (more…)

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