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Drive safely during the holidays

December 24, 2015
Lake Placid News

To the editor:

The holiday season is one of the most dangerous times of the year for alcohol-related automobile accidents. The reason for this is the added stress the holidays bring as well as the fact that more people are drinking as part of numerous parties and other festivals.

Lake Placid/Wilmington Connecting Youth and Communities Coalition, Lake Placid Police Chief William Moore, New York State Troop B Maj. Charles Guess, Essex County Sheriff Richard Cutting and Essex County District Attorney Kristy Sprague, join together to remind everyone that excessive drinking and driving is a serious offense with serious consequences to the offender and to their victims. Not only do offenders risk themselves, they also risk their passengers and anyone else who happens to be in their path.

On Nov. 18, 2009, Leandra's Law was passed. It was named after 11-year-old Leandra Rosado, who was killed in a crash while a passenger in a car driven by a drunk driver. With the passage of the law, New York mandated installation of an ignition interlock device for all drivers convicted of misdemeanor and felony drunk driving. A person who has interlock ignition on their vehicle must blow into the device to prove that they have not consumed alcohol. If the device detects alcohol, the vehicle will not operate. It also created a new Class E Felony charge for Driving While Intoxicated with a child passenger 15 years old or younger in the car.

Sheriff Cutting, Chief Moore, Maj. Guess and District Attorney Sprague feel a special responsibility for keeping our roads safe, but you, the driving public, are where the responsibility is greatest. We know and understand the risks and we appreciate your dedication to safe driving, both on your own and hopefully as a designated driver for someone else.

It is our hope that your holidays are filled with joy and happiness. We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.

Richard Cutting, sheriff

William Moore, police chief

Maj. Charles Guess, state police

Kristy Sprague, district attorney

Tina Clark, CYC Coordinator



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