Bill Seeks New Restrictions On Habitual Traffic Violators

By Scott Sarvay

June 18, 2010 Updated Jan 7, 2010 at 6:50 PM EDT

INDIANA (Indiana's NewsCenter) - A drunk driving fatality from November is prompting a local lawmaker to push for a new state law tightening controls on one-time habitual traffic violators.

Police say 52-year-old Brian Mansfield struck and killed Jacqueline Yenser near Woodburn with a blood alcohol level testing nearly five-times the legal limit.

Years earlier, Mansfield had his license revoked for life, but it was re-instated.

State Senator Tom Wyss is sponsoring a bill that would, among other things, allow police officers to pull such offenders over without cause, subjecting them to field sobriety tests.

Wyss says, "And have a time period there so we're sure that if someone gets their license back, they're not going to revert back to their old habits and go back out like this situation and kill another human being."

Mansfield is scheduled to stand trial on five felonies starting March 16th.

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