Senate committee advances Cook’s emergency database bill

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Tuesday, March 7, 2017

STATEHOUSE (March 7, 2017) — The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Transportation today passed State Rep. Tony Cook’s (R-Cicero) bill that would establish the Indiana Emergency Contact Database giving public safety officers access to information in the event of a death or serious bodily injury.

Cook said the bill would require the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to create, maintain and operate the Indiana emergency contact data base so that authorities can call the next-of-kin in a reasonable amount of time.

“This was originally brought to my attention by a constituent who was not notified of her son’s car accident even though she was only six miles away,” Cook said. “She was not notified until the hospital chaplain called telling her that her son had passed away. It’s important that we give law enforcement officers the resources to contact the family of a person involved in a serious accident as soon as possible.”

Cook said he has the support of law enforcement and the BMV, both of which have already been trying to devise a database. By acting in good faith to notify emergency contacts, public safety officials, other law enforcement agencies and the BMV would be granted civil immunity.

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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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