Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann wants to toughen Leandra’s Law.
The law requires all convicted drunk drivers to install ignition interlock devices in their vehicles, adds a period of probation or conditional discharge after being released from jail or prison, and makes it a felony to drive drunk with a child passenger in the vehicle.
Assistant DA Diane Adsit tells Finger Lakes News Radio the law does not address punishment for violating post-incarceration supervision.
She adds the state legislature has known about the loophole since it passed the law in 2013.
The veteran prosecutor does not think lawmakers will close the loophole before the current session ends in June.
On Tuesday, David Manwaring appeared in Cayuga County Court for allegedly failing to report to his probation officer and continuing to drink after serving four years for his fifth drunk driving offense in less than 10 years. Adsit says his case is one of several the DA’s office is dealing with right now.