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Leandra’s Law was signed into law in 2009 and is named after Leandra Rosado.  Leandra was an 11-year-old girl who was killed when the driver of the vehicle in which she was a passenger -- a family friend -- was intoxicated and flipped the car on the Henry Hudson Parkway in New York City. 

Leandra's Law makes it a felony on the first offense to drive under the influence of alcohol with a person age 15 years old or younger in the car.

A driver who operates a motor vehicle with a passenger who is under the age of 16 will be charged with a Class E felony punishable by a period of incarceration of up to four years and a fine up to $5,000.

If a driver causes the death of a person under the age of 16, the charge is aggravated vehicular homicide, a Class B violent felony.
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