Wednesday, May 22 2013 1:02 PM EDT2013-05-22 17:02:01 GMT
It's been 24 hours since news broke of a Federal Bureau of Investigation raid at the City-County Building confiscating files from the Indy Land Bank program. The federal investigation also led to the arrestMore >>
Mayor Ballard held a news conference this morning hoping to shine light on several significant construction projects going around the city this season. Instead, all anyone wanted to talk about was the federal investigation into the Land Bank program, what he knew, when and why he didn't say something sooner.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 12:38 PM EDT2013-05-22 16:38:55 GMT
You paid for it. Now the question is, where is it? Tonight at 11:00 pm, 13 Investigates has discovered the State of Indiana has thousands of items classified as lost or missing. Some of it is stuff youMore >>
What is the state doing with a concert grand piano and a robotic deer? And why are these items - and others - missing?
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:09 AM EDT2013-05-22 15:09:50 GMT
The Internal Revenue Service official at the center of the storm over the agency's targeting of conservative groups has told Congress she did nothing wrong and has invoked her constitutional right to notMore >>
The Internal Revenue Service official at the center of the storm over the agency's targeting of conservative groups has told Congress she did nothing wrong and has invoked her constitutional right to not answer lawmakers' questions.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 10:56 AM EDT2013-05-22 14:56:01 GMT
Telemarketers are deploying new tactics to get your secret information - and all they have to do is get you to answer the phone. A call to a home phone this week showed up on the screen as "private name,More >>
Telemarketers are deploying new tactics to get your secret information - and all they have to do is get you to answer the phone.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 10:55 AM EDT2013-05-22 14:55:33 GMT
Tiger Woods says the "fried chicken" comment from Sergio Garcia was hurtful and inappropriate. Two weeks after they verbally sparred at The Players Championship, Woods says it's time to move on. GarciaMore >>
Tiger Woods says the "fried chicken" comment from Sergio Garcia was hurtful and inappropriate. Two weeks after they verbally sparred at The Players Championship, Woods says it's time to move on.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 10:46 AM EDT2013-05-22 14:46:45 GMT
In a community used to experiencing tornadoes, many in Moore, Oklahoma are in a state of shock. "This was the storm of storms," said Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett. Monday's tornado was categorizedMore >>
The mayor of the Oklahoma City suburb battered by a monstrous tornado says he is pushing to require safe-room shelters in all new homes.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 10:35 AM EDT2013-05-22 14:35:19 GMT
A $3.4 million grant from the Lilly Endowment will help place about 90 teachers in the Indianapolis Public Schools. Some $2 million of that grant to The Mind Trust will go toward adding 40 people to theMore >>
A $3.4 million grant from the Lilly Endowment will help place about 90 teachers in the Indianapolis Public Schools.More >>
Drunk drivers killed 230 Hoosiers last year. Grieving families say it's now time Indiana takes a tougher stand against drunk driving. But are lawmakers listening?
Indianapolis - On Tuesday morning, Indiana's House Judiciary Committee heard emotional testimony about the high cost of drunk driving.
A teenager from West Lafayette told lawmakers about losing two of her best friends in two separate drunk driving crashes.
"After the first one, I thought, 'This can't happen again,'" testified Adriana Giuliani of West Lafayette. "Then three months ago I lost another incredible friend, Katie Baker, who was also hit by a repeat drunk driver."
Tom Bjornstad described the crash that left his 17-year-old daughter, Aimee, with permanent brain injuries.
"It's a nightmare that never ends," he told lawmakers in a tightly-packed committee room. "And the man who hit my daughter, if he had an interlock device, I'd probably still have a normal daughter."
Ignition interlock devices are the focus of three bills now pending in the Indiana General Assembly. All of the legislation was introduced following an Eyewitness News investigation showing that, unlike many other states, Indiana rarely uses ignition interlock devices to help prevent drunk driving crashes and save lives.
Ignition interlock devices are similar to Breathalyzers used by police. Once a device is installed on a car's ignition, the car won't start until the driver blows into the device to prove he is sober. If the device detects any alcohol, the car won't go anywhere.
Rarely used in Indiana
A few judges in Indiana order drunk driving defendants to install ignition interlocks on their cars as part of their sentencing, but it is an optional tool for judge to use in Indiana. Of the more than 20,000 Hoosiers convicted every year of drunk driving, fewer than 300 of those drunk drivers are ordered to install an ignition interlock.
By comparison, states like New Mexico mandate judges to order ignition interlock devices on the vehicles of all drunk drivers. New Mexico has been using mandatory ignition interlock for years and now has the devices in the cars and trucks of more than 7,000 convicted drunk drivers.
Since New Mexico mandated interlock technology, alcohol-related deaths in that state have dropped 22%. In Indiana, drunk driving fatalities increased 13% during the same period.
"I would say ignition interlock was the most crucial piece of public policy that we've brought forward in addressing drunk driving," said Rachel O'Conner, who oversees New Mexico's drunk driving policies.
Tuesday morning, after hearing from victims' friends and families, the House Judiciary Committee unanimously approved House Bill 1020.
"I'm happy we've got it through committee because it's a step forward," said the bill's sponsor, Rep. Cleo Duncan (R - Greensburg).
In its current form, the bill would require judges to mandate ignition interlock devices as a condition of granting probationary driving privileges for any drunk driver who has previously been convicted of Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) within the past ten years. Repeat drunk drivers who do not seek a probationary license would not be required to install an ignition interlock, and those who were convicted of drunk driving more than ten years earlier would not be required to get an interlock device to qualify for probationary privileges. All first-time convicted drivers would be exempt under the bill, which now goes to the full Indiana House for consideration.
The bill is a far cry from the much tougher laws now being used in states like New Mexico, Illinois, Arizona, Nebraska, Washington and Louisiana, where ignition interlock is a mandatory sentencing requirement for all drunk drivers - even those convicted of a first offense.
"It's time we see mandatory ignition interlock for all convicted drunk drivers in Indiana," said Kitty Greene, president of Indiana's Mothers Against Drunk Driving chapter. "This is long overdue."
Tougher Bills "Dead"
Two other bills now introduced in the General Assembly would require Indiana judges to order ignition interlock devices on all the vehicles of all convicted offenders. Senate Bill 274, introduced by Senator Randy Head (R-Logansport), would require a mandatory 90-day ignition interlock for convicted drunk drivers, while Rep. Sue Crouch (R-Evansville) proposes a 180-day ignition interlock mandate in her House Bill 1065.
Both bills appear to be dead on arrival. Sources within the legislature tell 13 Investigates that neither bill will receive a hearing because leadership in both houses is hesitant to impose harsh penalties on first-time drunk drivers.
"I don't agree with that perception," said Senator Head. "I think the bill [SB274] is very fair. It's fair to those people who have been convicted of OWI, and it's certainly fair to the people who use the roads and deserve to do so safely."
MADD officials, along with drunk driving victims and their families from around the state, will hold a rally inside the Statehouse rotunda Wednesday morning to ask lawmakers for decisive action. They want state leaders to know ignition interlock has a proven track record and can save many lives.
"The longer we wait, the more lives we put at risk," Greene said.
Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:37 PM EDT2013-05-22 01:37:26 GMT
A South Bend teenager who angered a judge by smirking during his sentencing for killing a 16-year-old boy has received the maximum time behind bars allowed under a plea agreement. St. Joseph SuperiorMore >>
A South Bend teenager who angered a judge by smirking during his sentencing for killing a 16-year-old boy has received the maximum time behind bars allowed under a plea agreement.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:21 AM EDT2013-05-22 09:21:57 GMT
State health officials are urging people to be careful as they head for Indiana's lakes and other bodies of water for summer recreation. The Indiana State Department of Health this week issued a listMore >>
State health officials are urging people to be careful as they head for Indiana's lakes and other bodies of water for summer recreation.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:50 PM EDT2013-05-21 22:50:23 GMT
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is searching offices at the Indianapolis City-County Building Tuesday. Several city employees have been arrested. The Department of Metropolitan Development DirectorMore >>
Two city employees and three others are accused of using a city program aimed at tackling the abandoned house problem and turning it into a money-making venture. The five face charges involving wire fraud and bribery.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:52 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:52:29 GMT
We've seen the damage from Oklahoma, hundreds of homes leveled. You have also seen those that survived a direct hit did so in a storm shelter. Storms shelters have not caught on in Indiana like otherMore >>
Storm shelters haven't caught on in Indiana like in some states along Tornado Alley, but more Hoosiers are making the investment to keep their families safe.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 4:24 AM EDT2013-05-22 08:24:20 GMT
Organizers of a summer camp for children of military families say the program will go on this summer at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore despite losing federal funding. Operators of Indiana Operation:More >>
Organizers of a summer camp for children of military families say the program will go on this summer at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore despite losing federal funding.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 4:22 AM EDT2013-05-22 08:22:57 GMT
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to add three Superfund sites in Indiana to its highest priority cleanup list for hazardous waste sites. The EPA proposed Tuesday adding Superfund sites inMore >>
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to add three Superfund sites in Indiana to its highest priority cleanup list for hazardous waste sites.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 5:44 PM EDT2013-05-21 21:44:57 GMT
Cody Zeller's decision to leave Indiana University and head to the NBA looks like it may be paying off. Zeller's stock has gone up considerably after his performance last week at the NBA Combine in Chicago.More >>
Cody Zeller's decision to leave Indiana University and head to the NBA looks like it may be paying off.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:01 PM EDT2013-05-22 01:01:00 GMT
Police arrested a semi driver with a blood-alcohol content more than three times the legal limit after a tip from a motorist in Grant County. State troopers monitoring a work zone on I-69 near the 271More >>
Police arrested a semi driver with a blood-alcohol content more than three times the legal limit after a tip from a motorist in Grant County.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 7:47 AM EDT2013-05-22 11:47:04 GMT
After a quiet start to the week, things heat up today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Community Day. And the track has a lot of family-friendly events planned. Community Day is a fan favoriteMore >>
After a quiet start to the week, things heat up today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Community Day and a Pacers playoff game tonight. Threre are plenty of fan-friendly events planned for both.More >>