House committee advances Cook’s bill establishing an emergency contact database

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Thursday, February 16, 2017

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 16, 2017) — The House Committee on Roads and Transportation recently passed State Rep. Tony Cook’s (R-Cicero) bill that would establish the Indiana Emergency Contact Data Base giving  public safety officers access to information in the event of a death or serious bodily injury.

Cook said the BMV would develop the database so law enforcement officers could attempt, in a reasonable amount of time, to reach emergency contacts for individuals killed or seriously injured. By acting in good faith to notify emergency contacts, public safety officials, other law enforcement agencies and the BMV would be granted civil immunity.

“This was brought to my attention by a mother who was not able to get to her son’s bedside after he was in a car accident,” Cook said. “He lived for several hours after the accident. If there was a database, there would have been someone ensuring a call was made to those parents so they could have been there with him.”

Cook said he has the support of law enforcement and the BMV, both of which have been trying to devise a database.

“Officers who take charge of the scene would be able to call the next-of-kin in a reasonable amount of time,” Cook said. “This proposal would make sure all of the agencies involved would have immediate access to this database.”

House Bill 1084 now moves to the full House for further consideration. To learn more about this bill, visit iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) represents House District 32, which includes all of Tipton County and portions of Hamilton, Madison, Delaware, Howard and Grant counties.

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