Wednesday, December 11 2013 7:14 PM EST2013-12-12 00:14:04 GMT
As bitter cold sets in, many in central Indiana are thinking twice before cranking up the thermostat. "When I hear that furnace kick on and I don't feel cold, I jump up and I cut it down," said RooseveltMore >>
As bitter cold sets in, many in central Indiana are thinking twice before cranking up the thermostat.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 6:49 PM EST2013-12-11 23:49:01 GMT
A six-year-old boy kissed a classmate and got suspended for sexual harassment. Now his mom is fighting to get the incident removed from his record. "It was during class, yeah. We were doing reading group.More >>
A six-year-old boy kissed a classmate and got suspended for sexual harassment. Now his mom is fighting to get the incident removed from his record.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 6:43 PM EST2013-12-11 23:43:05 GMT
Gov. Mike Pence says the federal government has rejected Indiana's request that Howard County be declared a major disaster area because of damage from last month's tornadoes and severe storms. TheMore >>
Gov. Mike Pence says the federal government has rejected Indiana's request that Howard County be declared a major disaster area because of damage from last month's tornadoes and severe storms.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 6:29 PM EST2013-12-11 23:29:33 GMT
The state of Indiana is giving a Carmel business 2-million dollars in tax credits in exchange for creating 100 new jobs next year.Allegion does business in 120 countries -- but keeps its north AmericanMore >>
The state of Indiana is giving a Carmel business $2 million in tax credits in exchange for creating 100 new jobs next year.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 6:28 PM EST2013-12-11 23:28:45 GMT
Chuck Pagano took no solace in what everybody else at the Colts' complex already knew. Sunday's replay reversal, which gave the Bengals a touchdown, was a mistake. On Tuesday night, Dean Blandino, theMore >>
Chuck Pagano took no solace in what everybody else at the Colts' complex already knew.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 6:15 PM EST2013-12-11 23:15:22 GMT
An Indianapolis pastor has been convicted of child molestation. A jury found 71-year-old Otis Jetter guilty on all three counts Tuesday. Jetter had been working as a pastor at the Pilgrim Chapel MissionaryMore >>
A jury found 71-year-old Otis Jetter guilty on all three counts Tuesday.
Wednesday, December 11 2013 6:00 PM EST2013-12-11 23:00:14 GMT
About 50 days and 60 degrees ago, Dr. Lewis Ferebee rode a school bus to his first day of work as the new leader of Indianapolis Public Schools. He had a 100-day plan to begin improving the district.More >>
In an Eyewitness News interview, we ask IPS Superintendent Dr. Lewis Ferebee what he's learned, what he's done, and where he sees the school district headed.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 5:31 PM EST2013-12-11 22:31:19 GMT
A few snow showers are in the forecast for Wednesday evening and a quick blast of even colder air will follow. Overnight temperatures will be in the range of 1 to -4 degrees. Wind chills will be evenMore >>
A few snow showers are in the forecast for Wednesday evening and a quick blast of even colder air will follow.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 4:55 PM EST2013-12-11 21:55:24 GMT
The House has passed legislation that instructs the Veterans Affairs Department to unearth the remains of an Army veteran buried with military honors after police said he killed an Indianapolis woman andMore >>
The House has passed legislation that instructs the Veterans Affairs Department to unearth the remains of an Army veteran buried with military honors after police said he killed an Indianapolis woman and injured three others before taking his own life.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 4:47 PM EST2013-12-11 21:47:54 GMT
The five power conferences of college sports want more flexibility in providing financial support to athletes. A major reason they lack that freedom in the first place is other NCAA members have fearedMore >>
The five power conferences of college sports want more flexibility in providing financial support to athletes.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.
Wednesday, December 11 2013 7:42 PM EST2013-12-12 00:42:56 GMT
In an effort to save time and money, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard wants to bring criminal justice in Marion County under one roof. Sources tell Eyewitness News a plan is in the works that would consolidateMore >>
In an effort to save time and money, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard wants to bring criminal justice in Marion County under one roof.More >>
Wednesday, November 27 2013 6:21 PM EST2013-11-27 23:21:46 GMT
It's a case that has baffled police for decades. On November 17th, 2013, it will be 35 years since four young workers were kidnapped from the Speedway Burger Chef and killed. There were four victimsMore >>
It's one of the state's most heinous crimes. 35 years later, the Burger Chef murder case is still unsolved. Now, Eyewitness News has uncovered a new theory connected to the investigation that focuses on another Burger Chef restaurant.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 10:45 PM EST2013-12-11 03:45:01 GMT
There are major changes ahead for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Track officials revealed Tuesday how they will spend millions of dollars - some of it taxpayer money - for improvements at the track. TheMore >>
Track officials revealed Tuesday how they will spend millions of dollars - some of it taxpayer money - for improvements at the track.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 2:50 AM EST2013-12-11 07:50:40 GMT
The Mega Millions jackpot grows to $400 million with no winner nationwide Tuesday night. The jackpot is approaching a new record for Friday night, estimated at $400 million. The winning numbers forMore >>
The Mega Millions jackpot grows to $400 million with no winner nationwide Tuesday night. More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 12:00 AM EST2013-12-11 05:00:46 GMT
Metro Police are investigating a home break-in, in which thieves stole Christmas from an east side Indianapolis family.Anita Barnes says faith and family are the heart of the holidays.She decorated herMore >>
Metro police are investigating a home break-in in which thieves stole Christmas from an east Indianapolis family.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 5:49 AM EST2013-12-11 10:49:15 GMT
A Greenwood family escaped from a fire overnight in the 800 block of Ramblin Road. White River Township Fire Department was assisted by Greenwood Fire in fighting the building fire. The family ofMore >>
Greenwood family of four escapes building fire overnight.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 8:23 PM EST2013-12-11 01:23:04 GMT
A woman who worked for more than 12 years at an Indianapolis church is accused of stealing more than $177,000 from there. Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry says Stephanie Hicks was charged TuesdayMore >>
A woman who worked for more than 12 years at an Indianapolis church is accused of stealing more than $177,000 from there.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 6:37 PM EST2013-12-10 23:37:33 GMT
People living in a far south side Indianapolis apartment complex say enough is enough. Parc Bordeaux Apartments residents are fed up with thieves who have repeatedly targeted their complex. The most recentMore >>
People living in a far south side Indianapolis apartment complex say enough is enough.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 12:28 PM EST2013-12-11 17:28:11 GMT
New jobs are coming to central Indiana as a company brings its headquarters to Carmel. That's the new home for Allegion. The Ireland-based company was spun off from Ingersoll Rand last week. It willMore >>
New jobs are coming to central Indiana as a company brings its headquarters to Carmel. That's the new home for Allegion.More >>