Introduced Version






HOUSE BILL No. 1372

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 9-13-2-184; IC 9-21-8; IC 9-24-6-6.

Synopsis: Driving in left lane on interstate highways. Prohibits the operation of motor vehicles in the left lane of an interstate highway except under certain conditions. Repeals and relocates language requiring the operation of a truck, truck tractor, road tractor, trailer, semitrailer, or pole trailer in the right lanes of an interstate highway having at least three lanes in one direction.

Effective: July 1, 2005.





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    January 13, 2005, read first time and referred to Committee on Roads and Transportation.







Introduced

First Regular Session 114th General Assembly (2005)


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HOUSE BILL No. 1372



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning motor vehicles.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 9-13-2-184; (05)IN1372.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 9-13-2-184 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2005]: Sec. 184. (a) "Trailer" means, except as otherwise provided in this section, a vehicle:
        (1) without motive power;
        (2) designed for carrying persons or property;
        (3) designed for being drawn by a motor vehicle; and
        (4) so constructed that no part of the weight of the trailer rests upon the towing vehicle.
The term includes pole trailers and two (2) wheeled homemade trailers.
    (b) "Trailer", for purposes of IC 9-21, means a vehicle:
        (1) with or without motive power;
        (2) designed for carrying persons or property;
        (3) designed for being drawn by a motor vehicle; and
        (4) so constructed that no part of the weight of the trailer rests upon the towing vehicle.
The term does not include pole trailers.
    (c) "Trailer", for purposes of IC 9-21-8-12, through IC 9-21-8-13,

means the combination of any motor vehicle towing another vehicle or trailer.

SOURCE: IC 9-21-8-12; (05)IN1372.1.2. -->     SECTION 2. IC 9-21-8-12 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2005]: Sec. 12. (a) Except when passing a slower vehicle, entering or leaving a highway, or where a special hazard exists that requires, for safety reasons, the use of an alternate lane, as provided in subsection (b), a person may not operate a motor vehicle in the left lane of an interstate highway except when:
         (1) overtaking and passing a slower motor vehicle;
        (2) entering or leaving a highway; or

         (3) a special hazard exists that for safety reasons requires the use of an alternate lane.
     (b) On an interstate highway consisting of at least three (3) lanes in any one (1) direction, a person may not operate a truck, truck tractor, road tractor, trailer, semitrailer, or pole trailer on an interstate highway in any lane except the far right lane, except when:
        (1) entering or leaving a highway; or
        (2) a special hazard exists that for safety reasons requires the use of an alternate lane.

    (c) Subject to IC 9-21-8-7, a person operating a motor vehicle in the left lane of the roadway for the purpose of overtaking and passing a slower motor vehicle may remain in the left lane for not more than one (1) mile. If passing cannot be accomplished within that distance, the overtaking motor vehicle must return to the right hand side of the roadway.
SOURCE: IC 9-24-6-6; (05)IN1372.1.3. -->     SECTION 3. IC 9-24-6-6 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2005]: Sec. 6. (a) The following, if committed while driving a commercial motor vehicle, are serious traffic violations:
        (1) Operating a vehicle at least fifteen (15) miles per hour above the posted speed limit in violation of IC 9-21-5, IC 9-21-6, or IC 20-9.1-5-10.
        (2) Operating a vehicle recklessly as provided in IC 9-21-8-50 and IC 9-21-8-52.
        (3) Improper or erratic traffic lane changes in violation of IC 9-21-8-2 through IC 9-21-8-13 IC 9-21-8-12 and IC 9-21-8-17 through IC 9-21-8-18.
        (4) Following a vehicle too closely in violation of IC 9-21-8-14 through IC 9-21-8-16.
        (5) In connection with a fatal accident, violating any statute, ordinance, or rule concerning motor vehicle traffic control other than parking statutes, ordinances, or rules.
        (6) Operating a vehicle while disqualified under this chapter.
        (7) For drivers who are not required to always stop at a railroad crossing, failing to do any of the following:
            (A) Slow down and determine that the railroad tracks are clear of an approaching train, in violation of IC 9-21-5-4, IC 9-21-8-39, IC 35-42-2-4, or any similar statute.
            (B) Stop before reaching the railroad crossing, if the railroad tracks are not clear of an approaching train, in violation of IC 9-21-4-16, IC 9-21-8-39, or any similar statute.
        (8) For all drivers, whether or not they are required to always stop at a railroad crossing, to do any of the following:
            (A) Stopping in a railroad crossing, in violation of IC 9-21-8-50 or any similar statute.
            (B) Failing to obey a traffic control device or failing to obey the directions of a law enforcement officer at a railroad crossing, in violation of IC 9-21-8-1 or any similar statute.
            (C) Stopping in a railroad crossing because of insufficient undercarriage clearance, in violation of IC 35-42-2-4, IC 9-21-8-50, or any similar statute.
    (b) Subsection (a)(1) and (a)(8) is are intended to comply with the provisions of 49 U.S.C. 31311(a)(10) and regulations adopted under that statute.
SOURCE: IC 9-21-8-13; (05)IN1372.1.4. -->     SECTION 4. IC 9-21-8-13 IS REPEALED [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2005].