While New York has a bevy of punishments for those who drive while under the influence, it is important to be aware of the ignition interlock device requirement. Not all states require ignition interlock devices after being charged with a DUI, but New York does. Not only is an ignition interlock device an inconvenience, but it is also very expensive to maintain. According to the State of New York, all persons who are sentenced with a DUI in the state will be required to put an ignition interlock device in their vehicle. 

Why is this law in place? 

The reason why New York decided to enact an ignition interlock device law is due to the death of Leandra Rosado in 2009. Leandra was riding in the car with a friend’s mother, who was intoxicated at the time. The mother crashed the car, and this caused Leandra’s death at the age of 11. In response, the State of New York created a series of laws that are collectively known as “Leandra’s Laws” in order to crack down harder on drunk driving. One aspect of this law is the ignition interlock requirement. 

What is an ignition interlock device? 

An ignition interlock device is an object that is wired into the starter of your car. Whenever you want to turn the car on, you will need to blow into the breathalyzer portion of the device. If the ignition interlock device detects any alcohol on your breath, the car will not start. Additionally, you will need to breathe into the device at random points throughout your drive in order to ensure that you have not consumed alcohol during the time that the car has been running.