Requirement for ignition interlocks in effect

ALBANY - (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.

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