Woman arrested under strict new DWI law

Woman arrested under strict new DWI law

There are 49 comments on the WNYT Albany story from Dec 21, 2009, titled Woman arrested under strict new DWI law. In it, WNYT Albany reports that:

A Voorheesville woman is the first person in the Capital Region arrested under the new "Leandra's Law." Eileen E. Joyce, 52, was pulled over at 11:45 p.m. Saturday on Rt.

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Cory Stevens

Linden, NJ

#1 Dec 21, 2009
Hey, WNYT, didn't you in another story claim someone else was the first person?

Get it right the fisrt time.

Since: Dec 07

Albany, NY

#2 Dec 21, 2009
The earlier story stated that a Syracuse-area woman may have been the first arrest under the new state law. It was essentially the first reported case.

The local case was not announced by police until Monday afternoon when the results of an Albany County Stop DWI sweep were released.

As soon was we became aware of the local case we published a new story.
Jives

Whitehall, NY

#4 Dec 21, 2009
How pathetic that a doctor isn't any smarter about the young people we complain about when it comes to drinking and driving. Is that where a good education gets you?
DARE MOM

Hudson Falls, NY

#5 Dec 21, 2009
If this law saves one life..it will be worth taking away hundreds of thousands of kids a year from their evil alcohol drinking parents for 25 years and completely destroying those families....it's worth it to save one life.
Kevin

Stamford, NY

#6 Dec 21, 2009
Cory Stevens wrote:
Hey, WNYT, didn't you in another story claim someone else was the first person?
Get it right the fisrt time.
HAHAHAHA....you got owned
Jim

South Glens Falls, NY

#7 Dec 21, 2009
Benita Zahn added to the end of the story it was unclear what Dr. Joyce had in her stomach that may have impacted her BAC. This woman was pulled over for a reason and the police felt there was a reason to check her sobriety. The amount of food she had consumed is of little importance here. Does Ms. Zahn think this person should be treated differently because she is a well respected physician? She did not ask the same question about food intake when she talked about the other DWI case. If Dr. Joyce is an intelligent, well respected PERSON, she would not have driven that night with other people in the car, regardless of their ages and with other people on the road PERIOD. She should get the maximum penalty, simply because she should have known better and acted differently.
Jeff

Gloversville, NY

#8 Dec 21, 2009
This law is a good thing. There are many of us "casual drinkers" who might not realize that we have had too much to drink. Dr. Joyce is a person who has impacted the lives of many children in profound ways simply due to the nature of her profession. Not to defend the action, but we should all pay attention to the situation a good person has found themself in.
Freedom

Hudson Falls, NY

#9 Dec 21, 2009
Now, if we can only send parents to prison for 25 years for speeding with a kid in the car...think of how many lives it might save, if a million parents are put in prison for 25 years..it will be worth it if it saves just one life.
Patient

Pittsfield, MA

#10 Dec 21, 2009
This is really a shame. I've been a patient of Dr. Joyce's for many years and she has always been a professional. Unfortunately, her judgment was very poor that night. I'm just glad no one was hurt. Her colleague, Dr. Jonathan Schwartz, just passed away last week and her other colleagues really don't need another tragedy to deal with. Thank goodness there was no accident.
BTDT

United States

#11 Dec 21, 2009
Why do we need a separate law regarding DWI with a child in the car?(Besides the political points some made with it.) Someone driving drunk is endangering children whether the children are in the car of the drunk driver or not. They may be in another car, or walking.
Why not tighten up the law for ANY DWI conviction?! If consistently and FAIRLY enforced - whether you are a judge or a doctor or an unemployed 21 year old - the roads would be safer for everyone.
Bada Bing

Schenectady, NY

#12 Dec 21, 2009
Not to defend the action, but we should all pay attention to the situation a good person has found themself in.
I'm sure there are a lot of "good people" who end up with DWI on their record. That shouldn't excuse them from responsibility in any way.

I predict Dr. Joyce will use the excuse she was boozing it up because she was upset about one of her practice partners dying.(Of course, she was so broken up, she decided attending a musical was a good way to mourn.)

Mark my words..She will be majorly lawyered up and that will be the defense.
CAD

Schenectady, NY

#13 Dec 22, 2009
I'm sorry but 25 years to life is excessive. The prisons are already crowded. We shouldn't be sentencing people who made a very poor decision to 25 year and releasing sex offenders after 90 days. Who is actually a bigger threat to society? Look at whether the crime is it malem en se or malem prohibitum, rather than following the knee jerk pop-politics. A non-accident DWI (with a child in the car or not) is malem prohibitum and should not result in a 25 year sentence. Leandra's Law is another feel-good political popularity statute. Sit and watch as these convictions get appealled all the way up to the U.S.S.C. on Constitutional violations.
Truth

Schenectady, NY

#14 Dec 22, 2009
She won't even need to appeal. I predict she will plead it down to misdameanor DWI and not serve one second on jail. The fines? Pish. Chump change for this wealthy doctor.

Apparently there is a loophole in Leandra's law that does not automatically make driving drunk with a child in the car a felony. You can't plead it down to DWAI, but you can ask it be changed to misdameanor. So frankly, what's the point?
CAD

Schenectady, NY

#15 Dec 22, 2009
Truth wrote:
She won't even need to appeal. I predict she will plead it down to misdameanor DWI and not serve one second on jail. The fines? Pish. Chump change for this wealthy doctor.
Apparently there is a loophole in Leandra's law that does not automatically make driving drunk with a child in the car a felony. You can't plead it down to DWAI, but you can ask it be changed to misdameanor. So frankly, what's the point?
the point is to make people feel good rather than attend to real law making. it annoys me to no-end
Gruber

Clifton Park, NY

#16 Dec 22, 2009
DARE MOM wrote:
If this law saves one life..it will be worth taking away hundreds of thousands of kids a year from their evil alcohol drinking parents for 25 years and completely destroying those families....it's worth it to save one life.
So, you advocate "completely destroying those famiilies," "hundreds of thousands of kids a year," just to save ONE life.

You're sick, you realize that, don't you?

A law is going to have to save more than "just one life" in order for it justify slapping a first-time offender with a felony and up to four years in prison for a non-violent act.

There were already laws on the books to deal with people like the doctor in this story. If she had been in an accident and killed or injured someone she would have suffered felony criminal penalities. Child proective services would have been called in any event, with or without this new, so-called "law," which is simply a photo op for the politicians who sponsored it and not a real piece of legislation.

Hitler justified alot of his laws by saying they would save the aryan race, so you need a better line of reasoning. It sounds like you have issues.
up stater

United States

#17 Dec 22, 2009
the parent of the child should also be charge with endangering the welfare of a child for letting the child in the car.
Wharf Rat

Latham, NY

#18 Dec 22, 2009
Yeah, lets create tragedies where there aren't any. The only benefit to this law is for the trial lawyers who lobbied for it.
Tired of Downstaters

Albany, NY

#19 Dec 22, 2009
BTDT wrote:
Why do we need a separate law regarding DWI with a child in the car?(Besides the political points some made with it.) Someone driving drunk is endangering children whether the children are in the car of the drunk driver or not. They may be in another car, or walking.
Why not tighten up the law for ANY DWI conviction?! If consistently and FAIRLY enforced - whether you are a judge or a doctor or an unemployed 21 year old - the roads would be safer for everyone.
Exactly! Any person who is driving drunk while I'm out with my children is endangering them! Why is the child in the car more important than the other potential victims?

“You can't afford my life!!”

Since: Dec 09

Latham, NY

#20 Dec 22, 2009
BTDT wrote:
Why do we need a separate law regarding DWI with a child in the car?(Besides the political points some made with it.) Someone driving drunk is endangering children whether the children are in the car of the drunk driver or not. They may be in another car, or walking.
Why not tighten up the law for ANY DWI conviction?! If consistently and FAIRLY enforced - whether you are a judge or a doctor or an unemployed 21 year old - the roads would be safer for everyone.
I agree 100%!!!!
King Uppity

Altamont, NY

#21 Dec 22, 2009
I think they should keep this law, and write another law for people who get caught driving drunk with a beagle all tape up with duct tape in the car.

Just as long as we don't let gay people get married.

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