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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Ind. Law - "Ind. highway funds in jeopardy unless stricter drunken driving laws passed"

That is the heading to Norman Cox's WRTV6 story with video, last evening. It begins:

Indiana is fighting to preserve more than $40 million in federal highway money that it could lose over a disagreement on the strength of its drunken driving laws.

State leaders say Washington is being arbitrary and unreasonable.

The dispute is over a revised federal interpretation of Indiana's laws on open containers and repeat drunk driving offenders.

When the laws were enacted eight years ago, Indiana received written certification that they met federal standards.

Now, even though neither federal nor state laws have changed, Washington officials have reinterpreted Indiana's statutes and say they don't measure up.

"It gets very specific very quickly," said INDOT spokesperson Will Wingfield. "But it relates to open container laws and the hours of community service that someone who's a repeat intoxicated offender would have to do. And Indiana already has strict laws in that regard."

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 29, 2013 10:04 AM
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