If you are not familiar with the story of the Bronx mother who drove drunk with 7 little girls in her car and crashed the vehicle killing little Leandra on the Henry Hudson Parkway in New York in October of 2009, you should take a moment to watch Leandra’s dad on this YouTube video here.
Leandra Rosado was a bubbling 11-year-old child who enjoyed being with her little friends – her dad called her a charismatic “Bona Fide Diva”. She was the only child who was killed in the crash that night, although several of the other girls were seriously injured.
Lenny Rosado’s story doesn’t begin with her death. He was a father who had sole custody of his only daughter and raised her into a beautiful little girl who loved life and was the center of his universe. Lenny decided that if driving drunk could kill his beautiful child then no drunk driver should ever be able to get behind the wheel of a car ever again and especially if children are in the car.
Mr. Rosado began a relentless pursuit of the Senate in New York State to change the drunk driving laws and the charges the drivers face. New York State now has one of the toughest laws in the entire nation against drunk drivers – thanks to Mr. Rosado.
Individuals who drive drunk with children in the car will face a Felony.
Anyone in NY convicted of a DWI must have an ignition lock installed on their vehicle.
What is an ignition lock?
It requires the driver to take a breathalyzer test when the vehicle is started and periodically while it is running,
According to the NY Daily News,
“A startling number of drivers – 248 – have been busted under the new law that makes it a felony to drive drunk in New York with a child younger than 16 in the car.” And that is just in the seven months since this year began.
New York state isn’t the only state to begin using the Ignition lock system and just this year, California is also testing a pilot program for the Ignition lock-outs.
Isn’t it about time? I mean, it sounds like such a no-brainer to me. Aside from the current costs to operate the system (estimated at about $70-$80 per month for the monitoring fee) it seems a small price to pay to save just one child’s life.
If you would like to see the Ignition Lock Device for yourself, you catch watch the video here.
The best scenario? Don’t Drink and Drive.