Emergency contact database bill moves to the governor

By Zoie Richey

INDIANAPOLIS — The House unanimously passed a bill Tuesday that would require the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to create and maintain an emergency contact database for Hoosiers.

House Bill 1084 would require law enforcement to reach out to the emergency contacts of a person injured in a car accident within a reasonable amount of time. The bill would help fill the large gap of time it currently takes for a Hoosier to get notified of a family member’s injury.

Rep. Anthony Cook presents House Bill 1084 before the House. Photo by Zoie Richey, TheStatehouseFile.com

Rep. Anthony Cook, R-Cicero, authored the bill because he thinks it’s necessary to get the families of the injured person in contact with them before it’s too late.

“So at least they could get to the hospital and be by their loved one’s side,” Cook said.

Anyone applying for or renewing a driver’s license at the BMV may choose to add emergency contacts. Each person may have no more than two contacts entered in the database.

The bill passed 91-0 and will now move to Gov. Eric Holcomb where he could sign or veto the bill. If he signs the bill, the database would be running and accessible to law enforcement by July 1, 2019.

Zoie Richey is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

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