WAVE 3 News Editorial - September 24, 2013: Law Adjustments
By Ken Selvaggi - email WAVE 3 Vice President and General Manager
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - If you drive drunk in Indiana and kill someone you face up to 20 years in prison on a class B felony charge if your blood alcohol content is 0.15 or greater. That is if you abide by the law and stay at the scene and call 911. If you don't, and flee the scene, and are caught the next day when an alcohol test is useless, you face two to eight years in prison on a class C felony charge.
Sounds crazy that the law encourages you to flee the scene.
Indiana's new sentencing code that takes effect next July changes four class felonies into six to give judges a better system to ensure penalties fit the crime.
It is pretty obvious that when the Indiana General Assembly meets next in January, closing this loophole to the new law needs to be a priority.
Another concern is the number of transgressions that trigger a suspended driver's license in Indiana. The same legislative committee that proposed this massive rewrite of Indiana's felony code will review that concern this week.
We highly recommend a closer look at the non-traffic crimes that stipulate someone losing their license. About 350,000 Hoosiers have suspended driver's licenses and consequently have lost their auto insurance. Yet many of them still drive as they have no other way to get to work.
Conditional license suspensions for many offenses may be a better way to go.
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