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New York's Zero Tolerance Policy

The standards are stricter and the penalties harsher for people under 21 who drink and drive. For those 21 and older, the legal limit for driving under the influence is a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08. For drivers under 21, the legal limit is a BAC of .02. New York State has had a Zero Tolerance policy in place since 1996 to deal with people under 21 who drink and drive. Learn more about what the Zero Tolerance law is, what the consequences of violating it are, and how it can affect you.

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How Might New York State's New DWI Law Affect You?

On November 20, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a new drunk driving bill into law that may affect you if you have been previously convicted of a DWI. The bill, introduced by Assemblyman David Buchwald (D-Westchester), passed unanimously in the State Assembly and State Senate. It closes a loophole in Leandra’s Law, which increased New York State’s penalties on drunk driving with child passengers to possibly include felony charges.

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What Leandra's Law Means for You

In 2009, New York State passed a law that made its penalties on drunk driving with child passengers the highest in the nation. The Child Passenger Protection Act entails the possibility of a felony if you have a minor in your vehicle when you are driving while intoxicated. Because you may be putting minors at the risk of harm, it is a heightened offense. If you have been charged under the Child Passenger Protection Act, it’s important to know why you have been charged, what you’re facing, and what your options are.

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