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DIGEST OF SB154 (Updated February 3, 2004 5:43 pm - DI 84)
Operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Makes the offense of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated as a Class A misdemeanor a Class D felony if: (1) at least one passenger is less than 18 years of age; and (2) the driver is at least 21 years of age. Prevents persons who have been convicted of certain offenses involving operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated from obtaining a probationary license. Increases or establishes mandatory jail time for persons convicted of committing certain offenses involving operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Provides that certain persons convicted of OWI must receive assessments for alcohol and drug abuse. Requires a person convicted of OWI causing death to receive a nonsuspendible sentence if the person had a controlled substance in the blood, or a BAC greater than .15%. Specifies that a court is required to suspend the driver's license or vehicle registration of a person convicted of committing certain controlled substance offenses only if the court finds that a vehicle was used in the commission of the offense.