Indiana governor OKs laws to combat road rage, drunken driving

| 4/20/2006

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 driving.

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.