A bill that has now passed both the House and Senate will end many automatic drivers license suspensions.
Unpaid parking fines, falling behind on child support, drunken driving and more contribute to the more than a half-million Hoosiers that have lost their driving privileges. A suspended license is the most common offense. Supporters of the bill say that by eliminating most automatic license suspensions for non-traffic offenses and giving judges more leeway over how the penalty is used it will help keep more drivers legal.
The bill also creates a “special use” license with strict conditions such as the use of technology that monitors when certain drivers get behind the wheel.
Driving drunk or under the influence of drugs is still an automatic suspension.
The bill now awaits the signature of Governor Mike Pence.