Vehicular carbon monoxide testing bill passes committee

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (ADAMS) – A bill authored by Sen. Mike Delph (R-Carmel) has passed the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Transportation with a unanimous 6-0 vote. The measure was designed in part for the memory Savannah Bettis, who was killed in a car accident after she was overcome by carbon monoxide, which had leaked and circulated in the cabin because of a degraded exhaust system.

Sen. Delph praised the passage saying, “Something good is happening out of a tragedy.”

SB 100 would allow fire departments, including volunteer fire departments, to provide vehicular carbon monoxide testing to motor vehicle owners at their request as a public service. Indiana currently has two counties that require emissions testing, Lake and Porter.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported a total of 2,244 deaths resulting from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning between 2010 and 2015. The highest number of deaths occur in winter months.
SB 100 will now be heard by the full Senate.