Monday, May 10, 2010

New York Looks At DWI Laws, May Add Inhalants

From Empire State News (May 5):

The New York legislature will review a law that redefines DWI offenses. The Governor endorsed the measure, noting the 9,000 drunk driving related accidents in that state each year. These crashes result in an estimated 400 deaths. Under the proposal, second time offenders could face 10 years in prison, double the current maximum sentence.

Notably, the legislation will expanded the driving while intoxicated definition to include inhalants. The bill, building on "Leandra's Law", would mandate that offenders install an ignition interlock device. The mechanism requires the driver to breath into it before the vehicle will start. Attempts to tamper with the device are punishable.

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