Requirement for ignition interlocks in effect

(AP) - Driving a car won't be as simple asinserting a key into the ignition for anyone convicted of adrunk-driving charge.

A provision of Leandra's law that went into effect Sundayrequires individuals convicted of felony or misdemeanor drunkdriving to install ignition interlock systems in their cars.

The devices are connected to ignition systems and measure thealcohol in a driver's breath. If the driver fails, the ignition isdisabled.

The interlocks have to be installed for at least six months andup to three years for a misdemeanor and five years for a felony.

The law is named for 11-year-old Leandra Rosado, killed when awoman drunkenly drove a station wagon full of children into ahighway wreck. The law makes drunken driving a felony if a child isin the car.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."