NEW YORK - Beginning Aug. 15, Leandra's Law will take affect in the state of New York and anyone convicted of misdemeanor or felony drunken driving will be required to install -- for a minimum of six months -- an ignition interlock breathalyzer device, the New York Times reported.
That device won't permit the car to start if a threshold level of alcohol is detected on the driver's breath.
New York is the 10th state to require drivers to install the device after a first offense. The devices must be leased from one of seven state-contracted manufacturers. It will prevent the vehicle from starting if the driver has 0.025 blood-alcohol content or more. The criminal DWI limit is 0.08.
To prevent a driver from using a sober friend to perform the test to get the car started, the device conducts a "rolling retest" within five to 15 minutes. A failed retest triggers a series of annoying and loud noises.
Leandra's Law also makes it a felony to drive while intoxicated with a child under 16 in the car.