Gov. Mitch Daniels has signed a couple of bills intended to
improve safety on Indiana’s roadways. The new laws take effect July 1.
One new law, previously HB1108, is intended to combat road
rage by making aggressive driving a specific crime. Drivers who commit three of
nine specified offenses during a single trip could be charged with aggressive
Those offenses include repeatedly flashing headlights,
unsafe slowing or stopping, following too closely, and unnecessary honking.
Violators would face up to a $1,500 fine and/or a year in
jail. If aggressive driving results in injury to another person, the driver
would face up to a $10,000 fine and six months to three years in prison. If
another person is killed, offenders would face a $10,000 fine and two to eight
years in prison.
A separate law, previously SB145, allows courts to take
vehicles from some people convicted of drunken driving.
Courts could seize a drunken driver’s vehicle if the person
has at least two prior convictions for driving while intoxicated within the
previous five years.