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Steve Ahaus Involved in Fatal Crash Near SR 350 View Larger Image

Jason Reese


A driver of a minivan, who had twice the legal limit of alcohol in his system, crossed a centerline and killed another driver, Steve Ahaus. Ahaus was a 48-year-old man from Moores Hill, Indiana.

The crash happened on January 24th, in the evening, in the Sparta Pike area just off of SR 350 near Moores Hill. The intoxicated driver crossed the centerline and collided with the Dodge Neon Ahaus was driving. Ahaus was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Dearborn County Prosecutor’s office has not yet filed any charges against the driver of this crash. Indiana State Police say the investigation is still ongoing. Drivers with a blood alcohol concentration [BAC] of 0.08% or higher are considered alcohol-impaired by Indiana law.


Every day in America, another 28 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes, one every 53 minutes. In Indiana, drunk driving fatalities were up an astonishing 11.3 percent from last year. In addition, there were 5,538 alcohol-related crashes and 178 drunk driving fatalities.

Current Indiana laws make it illegal to operate a vehicle while intoxicated [OWI] from alcohol or drugs. OWI, or driving under the influence [DUI], could lead to very serious penalties such as; heavy fines, driver’s license suspension, and criminal sentences including jail or prison time, and implied consent to alcohol and drug testing if you’re driving. The DUI laws in Indiana fall under the OWI guidelines.

In Indiana:

  • You are considered to be over the limit if you have BAC of at least 0.08%
  • If you have a commercial driver’s license, however, the limit is 0.04%
  • If you’re younger than 21 years old, the limit is only 0.02%
  • If your BAC is over 0.15%, you will face more severe punishment

Two specific ways the state is combating against drunk drivers include sobriety checkpoints and installing ignition interlocks.

Sobriety Checkpoints: Traffic stops where law enforcement officers assess drivers’ level of alcohol impairment. These checkpoints consistently reduce alcohol-related crashes, typically by nine percent.

Ignition Interlocks: In 2014, Indiana passed legislation to require ignition interlocks for repeat offenders and to allow a judge to order the devices for first-time offenders. When installed, interlocks are associated with nearly a 70 percent reduction in re-arrest rates for impaired driving. These devices are installed in the vehicles of people who have been convicted of driving while impaired. They prevent operation of the vehicle by anyone with an elevated blood alcohol concentration.

Sadly, drunk driving accidents still occur at a rapid rate in Indiana. In fact, on average, two in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime.

If you or your loved ones were injured or involved in a traffic fatality as the result of the poor decisions of a drunk driver, the drunk driving accident attorneys at Wagner Reese can assist you in pursuing the compensation you deserve and may need for medical care and to cover a loss of wages while injured. There is no risk, as we never collect any kind of fee unless your case is settled or won. Contact us today at (888) 204-8440 for more information or to schedule a free consultation.


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