Ball votes for toughest DWI law in the nation: Stiffer DWI Penalties, Statewide Ignition Interlocks Program

While pushing tough DWI laws locally, Ball hails passage of similar measures at state level

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) today applauded the passage of Assembly Bill 40008, known as Leandra’s law, which stiffens the penalties for driving while intoxicated (DWI) and enacts a statewide mandatory ignition interlock program. The bill also creates the toughest sentence for any first time DWI offense with a child passenger in the nation.

Ball said that he “has heard from countless families throughout the Hudson Valley who have been affected by the always-tragic outcomes of driving while intoxicated. It is long overdue that we, as Americas, adopt a zero tolerance approach to the heinous, selfish crime of DWI. I am now proud to say now that New York has the toughest laws in the nation. Ignition interlocks stop intoxicated drivers from starting vehicles. Period.”

Recent statistics show that the frequency of DWI arrests has increased in recent years, and this legislation now requires that every person convicted of DWI and related crimes in New York have an ignition interlock installed as a condition of their sentence, which Ball says gives New Yorkers the assurance of knowing that drivers who have previously driven under the influence will be less likely to do so in the future.

“Our local ‘Pass the Plan: Enforce the Law’ initiative to combat drunk driving following some of the tragedies of this summer caused by irresponsible drinking have helped rally the support necessary to ensure passage of this bill, and has also encouraged local governments to stiffen penalties and preventative measures.” Ball noted. “While today, we have also ensured that stiff penalties will be in effect for those who would attempt to bypass or tamper with the interlocks, and addressed other serious DWI-related offenses, the hard work must continue, and it is our duty to the people of this great state that we continue to enact both punishments and deterrents to driving will intoxicated that will keep all of us safe.”

About Greg Ball

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is the Senator for New York State's 40th district. A former Vice President of Exceed International Development Corporation, Ball holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the United States Air Force Academy, is currently completing his Masters Thesis of Liberal Studies in International Affairs at Georgetown University, and received an honorable discharge in 2005 at the rank of Captain after service as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force. View all posts by Greg Ball →

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