BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The new Child Passenger Protection Act, also known as 'Leandra's Law,' which was passed late last year, has influenced heavily the sentencing of two local women.
34-year-old Kristen Allan, one of the first to be charged under the new law, fled the scene of a minor car accident in Lackawanna back in January. Allan was later stopped in Hamburg and found to have a toddler in the back seat.
Allan pleaded guilty to Felony DWI and was sentenced Monday morning by State Supreme Court Judge William Boller. Under Leandra's Law, Allan could have faced 1 to 4 years in prison, but because she agreed to wear an ankle bracelet and complete a DWI program, she received 5 years of probation.
24-year-old Michelle Crawford was also charged with DWI and having a child in the car back in December of 2009. And though Crawford was found to be 'impaired' and not 'intoxicated', she was sentenced to 60 days in jail followed by 3 years of probation.