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[r29] Column: New driving law helps protect Hoosiers
Start Date: 6/5/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 6/5/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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New driving law helps protect Hoosiers

It seems that summer weather is gradually coming back, making barbeques, baseball games and pool time even more enjoyable. The weather in Indiana is unpredictable. Just last year, we couldn’t catch a break with the sweltering heat during the month of May. I remember Memorial Day weekend was close to 100 degrees. I’m glad to see that while the weather is warmer it isn’t quite as hot. I know the agriculture industry appreciates this year’s weather in comparison to last year, and I hope they continue to have the necessary rain and sunshine for a successful harvest. 
 
I recently received my new insurance card and wanted to make sure it made it into my purse since it is a necessary driving accompaniment. It is so easy sometimes to forget to have it with you which is the reason why we passed legislation this year that makes having proof of insurance easier for Hoosiers and gives responsible drivers more protection from those uninsured.

If you are like me, you use your phone for more than just making calls. Over the past several years, many people have decided to go paperless and maintain important documents on their smart phones. Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 620 recognizes these lifestyle changes by allowing people to show proof of insurance to an officer as an image on their smart phone or other telecommunication device. 
 
Along with making proof of insurance easier for Hoosiers, this new law gives drivers with insurance more protection from the likelihood of being in an accident with an uninsured driver because insurance companies now have to notify the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) within 10 days if a driver with a SR-22 Proof of Future Financial Responsibility form drops their insurance coverage. The BMV used to not have a way of knowing if an insured driver dropped their coverage. 
 
SEA 620 goes on to provide a protection for those drivers that have followed the law by obtaining insurance, but through no fault of their own, are operating a vehicle that is not insured. To address the concern that the BMV would unfairly suspended the licenses of those whose insurance information for whatever reason lapsed, this bill provides additional avenues for these people to contest the suspension. This new law passed with unanimous support in both chambers and is really a common sense piece of legislation. 
 
Technology has changed how we interact on a daily basis, and our laws should reflect that change. This bill is just one small example of how we are trying to make life a little easier for Hoosiers and help protect everyone on the road by preventing uninsured drivers from getting behind the wheel.  

Many of you will be doing lots of driving this summer, whether it is to sports fields, going on a summer vacation or simply heading back and forth to work every day. It is construction season, especially with major projects like US 31 and I-69 in the county, so be careful in construction zones and follow the reduced speed limit. No one in our district wants to be a part of an accident; we can all do our part by sharing the road with workers, motorcyclists and bikers.

In closing this week, I want to congratulate all of the high school and college graduates who have completed their studies and are on to the next chapter of their lives. It is an exciting and fun time of year for them and all of us.

The arrival of summer brings many opportunities for fun times, so get out there, be safe and enjoy!

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Contact Information:
Name: Nicholas Goodwin
Phone: 3172329831
Email: ngoodwin@iga.in.gov
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