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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Ind. Law - Who knew? "Bill to give trucks right-of-way in roundabouts awaits governor's signature"

Scott L. Miley, Herald Bulletin CNHI Statehouse Bureau, reported yesterday (here in IED) in a story that begins:

Just when Hoosiers thought it was safe to drive into a traffic roundabout, the Indiana General Assembly throws in a curve.

Under a bill awaiting the governor’s signature, drivers of cars would yield to larger vehicles, such as a tractor-trailer or recreational vehicle, when they’re in a traffic circle. When two trucks approach a roundabout at the same time, the driver on the right would yield to the one on the left.

”Larger vehicles have a harder time maneuvering through these roundabouts,” said Sen. Michael Crider, R-Greenfield, Senate sponsor of the bill. “They (truck drivers) are also subject to sanctions if they’re involved in an accident in a roundabout.”

House Bill 1039, which passed third reading in the Senate on Monday, was authored by Rep. Jerry Torr, R-Carmel, whose district includes more than 100 roundabouts.

In a brief discussion on the Senate floor Monday, two senators questioned the feasibility of the bill, noting that there was no provision for educating drivers about the shifting of responsibility.

“I just find this very difficult for drivers to understand,” said Sen. Greg Taylor, D-Indianapolis.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 14, 2017 02:21 PM
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