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'Move It' Bill: Fine Drivers For Not Moving After Accidents

Legislation headed for the House floor would allow police to ticket people who don’t move their vehicles out of the road after an accident. The proposed bill essentially replaces a law that was recently dropped from state statute.

When Indiana rewrote its criminal code, legislators identified some crimes as obsolete or redundant and deleted them.

The state’s so-called ‘move it’ law was eliminated because it charged people with a misdemeanor, and lawmakers thought that was too strict.  The law requires motorists who’ve been in an accident to move their cars out of the road, unless doing so would injure someone.

Proposed legislation would reinstate that law, but make it just an infraction, a traffic ticket that carries a fine of up to $500.

Many drivers refuse to move over because their insurance companies tell them not to.

“Making sure the insurance companies are clear that once we have that statute in place as an infraction, they will no longer require that their vehicles stay," says Indiana State Police legal counsel Brad Hoffeditz.

Hoffeditz says he doesn’t anticipate writing a lot of tickets because of the law; he says it would be applied more as an awareness measure.

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