According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, driving drunk with a child passenger in the vehicle is a form of child abuse. 47 states have laws that allow prosecutors to charge additional penalties to defendants who had a child passenger in the vehicle at the time of the DUI arrest. In all states, including those without such laws in place, prosecutors can charge a drunk driver with a separate crime unrelated to traffic penalties such as child endangerment. Despite this, many drivers continue to transport child passengers while intoxicated. In response, New York enacted Leandra's law, which makes it a felony to drive drunk with a child passenger.
New York residents who get involved in a severe car crash won't just be dealing with the aftermath in the short term. Unfortunately, long term consequences will likely surface for them as well. This can make medical costs hugely expensive and can permanently alter a person's way of living.