Indiana's drunk driving laws have failed to pass muster with the federal administration. The administration has announced that several states, including Indiana, will be penalized with a lack of federal funding for highway safety projects, as a result of their failure to pass stringent laws against intoxicated driving.
According to an assessment of the drunk driving laws passed by all states by the Federal Highway Administration, as many as two thirds of all states have lax drunk driving laws that do not make the cut. The federal administration believes that these states, including Indiana, have not complied with mandates to reduce the incidence of intoxicated driving.
In Indiana’s case, there were changes made to the drunk driving laws back in 2004, and under the new laws, the state no longer requires a person convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol to perform a certain number of hours of community service as an alternative to prison time. The federal administration is not happy with that changed law.