White Plains Man Arrested Under Leandra's Law

A 15-year-old was in the vehicle's front passenger seat. Arrests do not indicate a conviction.

The following report was provided by the New York State Police: 

On July 28 at approximately 10:06 p.m., the New York State Police in Hawthorne arrested James W. Batson, 63, of White Plains for felony driving while intoxicated. Police stopped Batson for vehicle and traffic violations for moving from lane unsafely and speeding on the Sprain Brook Parkway in the Town of Greenburgh. Batson was operating the vehicle with a 15-year-old front seat passenger. Batson was found to be intoxicated with a BAC of 0.11%. Batson was charged with Felony Driving While Intoxicated. Batson was held at SP Hawthorne and is to be arraigned on July 29 in the Town of Greenburgh Court.

Abby Normal July 30, 2012 at 05:05 PM
I'm glad he was caught and arrested before anyone was hurt but you've got to ask, "When does this insanity stop?" What makes otherwise reasonable people think they can drive while intoxicated? I just don't understand and quite frankly, I have no idea what the answer is. We've tried everything from more enforcement to stricter laws to longer sentences and yet it goes on and more people die. What's the answer?
KAH August 17, 2012 at 06:22 PM
There are simple solutions, but well-intentioned, yet misguided libertarians won't allow them. Many NYC bars have breathalizers installed at the exits to test your BAC before leaving. This is relatively inexpensive technology which could easily be installed in cars as a "kill switch". Blow into the straw, or the car doesn't start. I'll be the first to fight for our right to privacy, but the right to drive intoxicated is not a right at all. We seemingly have no problem with wire-tapping 30K plus US citizens based on nothing more than names and religion, but keeping a drunk driver from killing innocents......well, that's just going too far it seems.


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