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Leandra's Law: cause and effect

At the time of her arrest, Capt. Curtis Cox of the Guilderland Police Department said officers have frequently stopped people driving under the influence with children in the car.

"It saddens me to know this will continue even though we put so much emphasis on it," he said at the press conference announcing the arrest.

Crouch called Joyce's arrest a "teaching moment."

"The teaching moment was A.) she's a doctor, B.) she committed this new crime, and C.), punishment has been meted out," said Crouch.

However, he emphasized the importance of a timely punishment.

"As time lags on, what happens is people forget about it," said Crouch. "The effect of the teaching moment is lessened day by day by day."

Joyce made her initial appearance in Guilderland Town Court Jan. 7, at which time her case was moved to Albany County Court. She was arraigned in Albany County Court Feb. 2, when she pleaded not guilty. Since then no court date has been scheduled.

Since Joyce's arrest, a number of people in Albany County have been charged under Leandra's Law, including former Sand Lake Town Supervisor Colleen Regan, who was stopped by State Police on March 13 for speeding on the Northway.

Regan had three passengers in her car, including two children, ages 13 and 4. According to officers, Regan had a BAC of 0.10.

Two recent Leandra's Law arrests in Albany County occurred Sunday, March 28. State Police arrested Saratoga Springs resident Missy Brewer in Colonie after getting a call that Brewer was seen smoking what appeared to be marijuana. According to state police, a subsequent investigation revealed that Brewer was driving under the influence of drugs with four children " ages 2, 3, 4 and 5 " in the car.

Later that night, at about 11:15 p.m., State Police pulled over April R. Keller for a traffic infraction while she was driving with her two children, ages 3 and 11, around the area of Exit 24 on the Thruway. Police said Keller was found to have a BAC of 0.10.

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