The legislative study committee that proposed the massive rewrite of Indiana’s felony code will now turn its attention to the automatic penalty that causes thousands of Hoosiers to lose their driving privileges.
Some of the offenses that can cause automatic suspension include driving under the influence, failure to pay child support and a teen that is found in a tavern or is expelled from school.
Some members of the committee are advocating that fewer crimes carry the automatic penalty of a suspended driver’s license and give judges more discretion over how the punishment is used.
About 350,000 Hoosiers have suspended driver’s licenses.
That can cause them to lose their auto insurance but it doesn’t necessarily keep them all off the road.