STATEHOUSE (March 4, 2016) – State Rep. Ed Soliday’s (R-Valparaiso) bill that would require motorists involved in auto accidents to move their vehicles to the side of the road and out of harms way now moves to the governor’s desk where it could be signed into law.
House Bill (HB) 1048 works to increase the safety of motorists involved in accidents and other drivers traveling on the roadway. According to a Purdue study, 22 percent of Indiana crashes are secondary crashes and 18 percent of secondary crashes involve fatalities. HB 1048 will require motorists to move their vehicles for the safety of themselves and others as well as to keep traffic flowing on Indiana’s roads.
“This bill is a way to increase safety by preventing secondary crashes,” said Soliday, chair of the House Committee on Roads and Transportation. “It would require drivers to move their vehicles for the safety of themselves and others, while assuring them it is legal.”
Some insurance agencies urge clients to not move their vehicles following an accident. Soliday said HB 1048 specifies that if motorists fail to move vehicles to the shoulder of the roadway following minor incidents where they can and are able to move their car, they have committed a Class C infraction. Additionally, the bill specifies an emergency area as 150 feet in any direction. The emergency area specified can be less than 150 feet at the discretion of a law enforcement officer.
Rep. Soliday represents the city of Valparaiso, all of Center, Union and Washington townships and portions of Liberty and Jackson townships.