Failure to yield to emergency vehicles

The Senate Committee on Corrections and Criminal Law heard HB 1225 concerning failure to yield to emergency vehicles sponsored by Sens. Messmer and Becker.  The bill provides for a Level 6 felony when a person fails to yield to an emergency vehicle and causes serious bodily injury or death to any person operating, occupying, or affiliated with the emergency vehicle.

The bill was amended by consent to provide enhanced penalties for resisting law enforcement if the individual had prior offenses for resisting law enforcement and added catastrophic injury to the definition of the crime.

The Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council, Indiana Fraternal Order of Police, various law enforcement officers, and the Indiana Towing and Wrecker Association testified in support of the bill.  The amended bill passed 9-0.

Read the bill at: http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2020/bills/house/1225