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Drivers aren’t complying with Leandra’s Law . . . ?

| Apr 7, 2016 | Criminal Defense

Where there’s a will, there’s a way – even when it comes to criminal penalties. One of the penalties for a criminal conviction under Leandra’s Law is that drivers must install an ignition interlock device on their vehicle. A recent audit found that only 5% of those convicted of DUI were complying with this stipulation.

The ignition interlock is a device that is attached to the wiring of the car and serves to prevent a drunk driver from operating the vehicle. Essentially, the driver must successfully complete the device’s breath test before the car can be driven. Unfortunately, drivers have struggled for years to figure out ways around the device.

The penalties of Leandra’s Law were designed to keep New York roads safe by removing the ability of drunk drivers to operate a motor vehicle. Those convicted of DUI could choose to either install an ignition interlock device or forfeit their driving privileges for the probation period. According to a recent audit, however, it appears that only 5% of those who chose to install the device are following those constraints.

People attempt to circumvent the penalty in numerous ways, including:

  • Attempting to have a passenger blow into the device
  • Attempting to rewire or reprogram the device
  • Not installing the device at all
  • Borrowing a friend or family member’s car

While the device has numerous safeguards, nothing is perfect. If you were charged with DUI, it is crucial that you work with an experienced criminal defense attorney who can help you avoid these penalties altogether and protect your driving record.