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4/11/2017 6:29:00 PM
Indiana emergency contact database wins legislative approval

Dan Carden, Times of Northwest Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS — Police responding to a serious or fatal vehicle crash likely will be required to attempt to contact a friend or relative for any person injured or killed.

The Indiana House voted 91-0 Tuesday to send House Enrolled Act 1084 — establishing a state emergency contact database at the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles — to Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb for his signature or veto.

It previously passed the Senate, 45-3.

If enacted, Hoosiers will be asked to list two emergency contacts in their BMV record that police must call, "within a reasonable amount of time," following a motor vehicle crash involving serious injury or death.

State Rep. Tony Cook, R-Cicero, the sponsor, said he was motivated to create a state emergency contact database when he learned that a constituent only heard about her son's car accident once he had died from his injuries, more than six hours after the crash in a hospital just six miles away from his mother.

The legislation requires the database be operational no later than July 1, 2019.

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