80° Good Evening
80° Good Evening
Long IslandCrime

NY man first to be sentenced under new DWI law

Prosecutors say a Staten Island man is the first person to be sentenced under a new state law requiring people convicted of drunken driving felonies to pass a breath test every time they start their car.

Bernardo Gonzalez pleaded guilty on Friday to a DWI offense.

Under a law that took effect the same day, he will have to install a device in his car known as an ignition interlock.

Drivers with the devices have to blow into the machine to get the car to start.

If they have alcohol on their breath, the engine stays off and the police are automatically notified.

The judge also gave Gonzalez 60 days in jail.

Latest Long Island News