Torr: House passes local legislators' roundabout legislation

Posted by: Jessica Baker  | Wednesday, January 18, 2017

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 18, 2017) — The House of Representatives voted unanimously today in support of State Reps. Donna Schaibley (R-Carmel) and Jerry Torr’s (R-Carmel) legislation addressing right-of-way changes for roundabouts.

"Roundabouts are designed for large trucks to use both lanes while navigating the roundabout. The purpose of the legislation is to make drivers aware that they need to give these trucks room to use both lanes,” Torr said. “Carmel is well-known for its roundabouts, which makes navigating busy intersections easier and more effective. Mayor Jim Brainard brought this issue to my attention, and it is a problem that needs addressed.”

Torr said House Bill 1039 would make roundabouts easier to navigate by enforcing a right-of-way yield for large trucks. If this bill becomes a law, drivers would need to be informed of the new change and adjust their driving habits accordingly.

“Large trucks already come with the burden of having a sizable blind spot, let alone having to maneuver the tight area a roundabout gives to heavy traffic flow,” Schaibley said. “This proposal giving the right-of-way to trucks will help make for a more efficient commute and will keep Hoosier motorists safe.”

Schaibley said there could be less accidents and confusion if cars were directed to yield to trucks that often need more room when going through roundabouts.

This bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

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State Rep. Donna Schaibley (R-Carmel) represents House District 24,
which includes portions of Boone and Hamilton counties.

A high-resolution photo of Schaibley can be downloaded by clicking here.

State Rep. Jerry Torr (R-Carmel) represents House District 39,
which includes portions of Hamilton County.

A high-resolution photo of Torr can be downloaded by clicking
here.