McNamara’s bill raising penalty for failure to yield to an emergency vehicle heads to governor

Thursday, March 5, 2020

STATEHOUSE (March 5, 2020) – State Rep. Wendy McNamara’s (R-Evansville) bill raising the penalty for drivers who fail to yield to an emergency vehicle, causing an accident involving serious bodily injury or death, could soon become law.

McNamara, chair of the House Courts and Criminal Code Committee, said drivers need to be aware of first responders who by virtue of their jobs, are placed in dangerous situations every day.

“I look forward to this proposal becoming law to help ensure justice is done for our first responders who are out there trying to keep us safe," McNamara said. "I heard firsthand from officers whose lives were permanently changed by careless drivers, and we want to make sure that they are protected and that drivers are paying attention."

Current Indiana "move over" laws can result in a fine and a license suspension up to two years. This proposal would raise the infraction to a level 6 felony, which is punishable by at least six months in jail, and a fine of up to $10,000 if a driver fails to yield to an emergency vehicle, causing serious injury or death.

House Enrolled Act 1225 is now eligible to be signed into law by the governor. Visit iga.in.gov for more information.

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State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) represents House District 76, 
which includes portions of Posey and Vanderburgh counties.

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