STATEHOUSE- Today, Senate Bill 81, co-sponsored by State Rep. Ralph M. Foley (R-Martinsville), passed the House with a vote of 95-1. The amendment Rep. Foley added changes the laws on when a license suspension would begin if an individual is convicted of a crime resulting in incarceration and a license suspension..
"I added an amendment in Senate Bill 81 in response to the Donna Hammack story in which her infant daughter, Heather, and husband, Daniel, were killed by a drunk driver," said Rep. Foley. "This tragedy occurred when Donna was only married for about 10 months, had a seven month old daughter, and just discovered she was pregnant again. I want to thank Donna for making me aware of this issue that needed to be changed in Indiana code. Her efforts will help keep other Hoosier drivers safe."
Under the bill, license suspension policies would be altered for a person that receives a term of incarceration, as well as a license suspension. The license suspension would begin on the date the person is released from prison and not on the date the person is convicted.
This provision would go into effect July 1, 2010.