Removing Your Vehicle from the Roadway after Property Damage Crash Will be Law Once Again PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 03 June 2016 14:57

A law that had been on the Indiana books as a misdemeanor, and was inadvertently removed, has been reinstated as a class “C” infraction.
Beginning July 1st, 2016, IC 9-26-1-1.2 is added to the Indiana Code as a new section and states, “If, after an operator of a motor vehicle is involved in an accident, the operator’s motor vehicle comes to a stop in the traveled portion of the highway, the operator shall, as soon as safely possible, move the motor vehicle off the traveled portion of the highway and to a location as close to the accident as possible. However, the operator of the motor vehicle shall not move the motor vehicle if the accident involves the transportation of hazardous materials or results in the injury or death of a person or the entrapment of a person in a vehicle.” The previous law only applied to interstate highways. The reinstated law applies to all government maintained roadways.
The intent of the law is to safely remove traffic hazards from the roadway so as to reduce secondary crashes, especially on multi lane highways, that are often more severe and result in more injuries than the original crash. Also, this law ensures that motorists have statutory backing when they move their vehicles. Many times insurance companies tell their clients not to move their vehicle after it has been involved in a crash, even if it’s only a property damage crash, until law enforcement arrives.
Information from IN-Time, Indiana’s Traffic Incident Management Effort, states that for every minute that a freeway travel is blocked during a peak travel period, four minutes of travel delay results after the incident is cleared. Their statistics reveal the following:
Crashes that result from other incidents (secondary) are estimated to be 22% of all crashes.
Chances of a secondary crash increase by 2.8% for each minute the primary incident is not cleared.
These secondary crashes are estimated to cause 18% of deaths on freeways.
In 2008, 21% on Indiana’s crashes showed vehicles “slowed or stopped” in traffic, secondary crash.
Past records indicate neither a ticket nor arrest was issued while the law was a misdemeanor and authorities do not anticipate tickets being issued under the reinstated law, except in rare circumstances.
“Our intent is to educate the public that if they are involved in a property damage crash, they have a statutory requirement to remove their vehicles from the roadway,” stated Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter. “The Indiana State Police will utilize traditional media and social media to inform the public of this reinstated law which is designed to remove hazards and keep traffic moving safely on Indiana highways.”
Included below is the reinstated statue IC- 9-26-1-1.2.



1, 2016]: Sec. 1.2. (a) If, after an operator of a motor vehicle is

involved in an accident, the operator’s motor vehicle comes to a

stop in the traveled portion of a highway, the operator shall, as

soon as safely possible, move the motor vehicle off the traveled

portion of the highway and to a location as close to the accident as

possible. However, the operator shall not move the motor vehicle

if the accident:

(1) involves the transportation of hazardous materials; or

(2) results in injury or death of a person or the entrapment of

a person in a vehicle.

A person who violates this subsection commits a Class C infraction.

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US 31 Restricted To One Lane At Scottsburg Bridge PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 03 June 2016 14:56

The Indiana Department of Transportation will restrict U.S. Highway 31 to a single lane for up to 90 days at its bridge over Stucker Ditch and the Conrail railroad tracks at Scottsburg—beginning Monday (JUNE 6).
American Contracting Company of Jeffersonville, the state’s contractor for this $886,833 bridge preservation project, plans to install temporary traffic signals at either end of the 5-span steel girder bridge Monday morning. At that time, U.S. 31’s northbound lane will close to allow work on the east half of the 476-foot-long structure.
Motorist will cross the bridge in the southbound lane—one direction at a time.
American Contacting is charged with removing the existing bridge deck overlay and installing a new 1¾ -inch latex modified concrete overlay in two phases. This new overlay will project the superstructure from degradation caused by weather and salt, extending service life, while providing motorists a new smooth driving surface. New bridge approaches will also be constructed.
This U.S. 31 bridge site is located two miles north of State Road 56. Traffic count is 10,110 vehicles per day.

Sweet Revenge Helps Eagles Capture Sectional Baseball Title PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 02 June 2016 12:37






The Austin Eagles baseball team captured their sixth Sectional championship in school history Monday night, May 30, triumphing over Southwestern 11-0 at Switzerland County. Josh Helton and Tanner Craig helped the Eagles finish the job on Monday, earning them both co-MVP for Switzerland County 2A Sectional. Austin handled their business accordingly, outscoring their opponents 26-3 for the three games.

“We hit the ball well, played good defense and pitched really well. I’m just glad it came along at the right time.” Tanner Craig said. “We were ready to win the Sectional, and we are ready to win Regional, that’s for sure. It will be a tough one but we will get through it.”

The Eagles started off the tournament against the host, Switzerland County. Senior Josh Helton took the mound and didn’t look back. Josh pitched a complete-game, with an outstanding thirteen strikeouts. Tanner Craig also helped with a soaring two-run homer to deep left-center and Austin would go on to win 8-2.

Austin would then play a familiar foe, the South Ripley Raiders. The two teams met earlier this season at South Ripley, where the Raiders were victorious by a score of 10-7. Matt Bayes, coach of the Austin Eagles, decided to put Helton back on the bump. Josh got in trouble in the top of the first, after walking the first batter, then later gave up a RBI single to give South Ripley an early lead.

The Eagles would finally get in the hitting column after a base hit by Connor Smith. Going into the game, Smith was hitting a solid .556 in his last 5 games. ” I went through a little slump at the beginning of the season and it carried on through out the middle of the season, I’m just glad that I’m finally out of it,” Smith stated.

After the base hit by Smith, Brady White hit a RBI double allowing Smith to score and tying the game 1-1. Avery Halcomb of South Ripley would get in more trouble in the 4th. After loading the bases, Cameron Spencer hit a RBI single, to give Austin a 2-1 lead. Halcomb’s first pitch to the next batter was low and in the dirt allowing another Austin base runner to score.Austin began to loosen up, leading 3-1 after five innings.

In the 5th, Gavin Napier extended the lead with a solo home run down the left field line. Austin loaded the bases loaded, and Tanner Craig hit a 2-run double to give Austin a 6-1 lead over South Ripley. Two batters later, Gavin Napier hit a sac-fly to center field giving Austin some more breathing room with a score of 7-1. Josh Helton would finish out the game with 5 strikeouts (18 for the tournament) and only gave up one hit against South Ripley.

Austin went on and play Southwestern in the title game with Tanner Craig getting the call to pitch against the Rebels. Craig would start off the game hot, striking out two of the first three batters. Josh Helton hit the first of his two home runs in the game down the left field line to give Austin an early edge.

Things would only get worse for Southwestern. After an error on the left fielder and two more walks, Austin would take a 4-0 lead after just two innings. Tanner Craig wouldn’t slow down, keeping the Rebels off base and striking out five through three. Cameron Spencer hit an RBI double, followed by Alex Miner’s RBI single. Josh Helton would come back up in the bottom of the third and hit a three run homer to essentially seal the deal.

“I was seeing the ball well, but the bottom of our lineup helped me out by coming through for us, and Tanner pitched a great game.” Helton said.

Gavin Napier’s ground rule double and Connor Smith’s RBI single gave Austin a commanding 10-0 lead after the third. Tanner would cruise to the last out and secure himself with a no-hitter. “Coach Bayes kept us fundamentally ready. We stayed focused and just glad we could win,” Napier went on to say.

Austin High School had six players selected to the All-Sectional team: Cameron Spencer, Alex Miner, Gavin Napier, Connor Smith, Tanner Craig and Josh Helton.

Austin has won the Sectional Championship twice in the last three years. Austin will play in the first round of Regional Saturday, June 4, 10:00 am, at Providence. Austin will play Providence, who defeated them earlier this season at Providence, 3-2.

Goodin Wonders if Decision to Close Henryville Correctional Facility Was the Right Move PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 01 June 2016 15:00

State Rep. Terry Goodin (D-Austin) today issued the following statement after the Indiana Department of Correction announced plans to close the Henryville Correctional Facility by July 1, 2016: “It is disappointing that the Henryville facility will be closing down, and the local residents who work there probably will be forced to move elsewhere in order to keep their jobs.
“I understand that this facility is being closed to save taxpayer dollars at the state level, but what often gets overlooked is the impact that these announcements can have on local taxpayers.
“Many cities and towns around Henryville do not have the manpower to handle some of the dirty little jobs that must be done to maintain their communities, such as mowing weeds out of vacant lots, picking up trash, and clearing out ditches. To get help, they often relied upon work crews from Henryville to do these things for them. Now that these crews no longer will be around, it will be more difficult to take care of these tasks. In most cases, they will have to be forgotten about or contracted out to private concerns at prices that will end up costing local taxpayers even more. “I know that the governor and his administration are claiming this move will save as much as $2.4 million, but I wonder whether the lasting impact for area taxpayers might be much greater. Those kinds of details often get overlooked in the rush to brag about saving money. At a time when local governments are struggling to make ends meet, the idea of taking resources away from them troubles me.”

An honor: U.S. Senator Donnelly provides commencement address at AHS graduation PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 31 May 2016 14:56



U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly was this year's guest speaker at the Austin High School graduation on Friday evening, May 27.

He complimented the Class of 2016's 80 seniors and their families on accomplishing the task of obtaining a high school education and urged all students to continue their efforts by going on to college or technical schools.

“I am extremely proud of these students and their hard work and dedication. This is an exciting time for the graduates, their families who supported them and for the teachers and administrators who helped them reach this point. These students are the future of their community and of our state, and I'm honored to join them in marking this special milestone in their lifetimes,” stated Senator Donnelly.

Seniors dressed in the traditional white and black gowns began the program by marching into the Lady Eagles Gym in pairs as the high school band performed processional music. Opening remarks were offered by class treasurer Matthew Shane Terry.

The choir sang “Do I Make You Proud?” under the direction of instructor Kathy Sego. The song featured soloists Jordan Hanner and Courtney Rachelle White, a senior.

Three student speakers addressed the gathering. Emily Ann Keller's topic was “Buckle Up!” “Dare to Mount the High Wire” was offered by Meagan Michelle Hollan, class secretary, and Elizabeth Elaine Lee completed the trio of talks by speaking on “Who We Are.”

Under the direction of instructor Jason Hougland, the AHS Band performed selections from “The Lion King,” the musical seen by seniors last fall in New York City during their senior trip.

Senior Arin Dakota Hupp introduced Senator Donnelly, who provided words of encouragement to the graduates and their families, and congratulated the class on its accomplishments and preparations for the future.

AHS Principal Ryan Herald introduced the Class of 2016. Superintendent Robert Anderson awarded each his diploma assisted by Dr. Joseph E. Wayne of Ivy Tech Community College. Nineteen of Austin's seniors earned associate degrees from Ivy Tech while finishing their high school credits this year.

Class president Kenton Eugene Embrey led classmates in the traditional ring and tassel ceremonies.

Closing remarks were made by Whitney Nichole Kendall.

The happy night was capped by seniors throwing their hats in the air, followed by congratulatory hugs from family members and friends.

Seniors had selected the class motto of “If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.” Their colors are royal blue and silver and their class flower is the gerbera daisy. “Seven Years” by Lucas Graham is the class song.

Class officers include Embrey as president; Stollings as vice president; Hollan as secretary; and Terry as treasurer. Class sponsors are Kelly Goodin and Tammy Rice.

Those seniors graduating with highest distinction for having maintained a 3.9 or higher grade point average (GPA) alphabetically included Kenton Eugene Embrey, Meagan Michelle Hollan, Whitney Nichole Kendall and Elizabeth Elaine Lee.

Those graduating with high distinction for maintaining GPAs of 3.7 to 3.899 were Larry Kenneth Couch, Riley Elizabeth Stollings and Shyanne Millicent Ellen Turner.

Seniors maintaining GPAs of 3.5 to 3.699 and thus graduating with distinction were Kayla Marie Blaylock, Kelsey M. Fortner, Joshua Marcus Allen Helton, Arin Dakota Hupp, Emily Ann Keller, Erika Nicole Nugent and Matthew Shane Terry.

Ivy Tech High School Academy graduates this spring were Mark Conner Wilson Adams, Mary Jane Campbell, Matthew Case Carter, Larry Kenneth Couch, Mary Elizabeth Derringer, Kenton Eugene Embrey, Kelsey M. Fortner, Joshua Marcus Allen Helton, Brittany Rheanna Henderson, Meagan Michelle Hollan, Cecile E. Hughes, Arin Dakota Hupp, Emily Ann Keller, Whitney Nichole Kendall, Elizabeth Elaine Lee, Jacob M. Newton, Riley Elizabeth Stollings, Sydney Lynn Surber and Matthew Shane Terry.

Ivy Tech Honors Diplomas were earned by Kyeshia M. Adams and Kayla Marie Blaylock.

Academic Honors Diplomas were awarded to Mary Jane Campbell, Matthew Case Carter, Larry Kenneth Couch, Mary Elizabeth Derringer, Kenton Eugene Embrey, Kelsey M. Fortner, Anthony Lee Hall, Bethanie Harbold, Joshua Marcus Allen Helton, Brittany Rheanna Henderson, Meagan Michelle Hollan, Arin Dakota Hupp, Emily Ann Keller, Whitney Nichole Kendall, Elizabeth Elaine Lee, Hailey Amanda Gail Misamore, Erika Nicole Nugent, Riley Elizabeth Stollings, Sydney Lynn Surber, Matthew Shane Terry and Shyanne Millicent Ellen Turner.

Students were also recognized for earning Core 40 diplomas, Work Ethic Certification, being members of the AHS Student Council, the National Tech Honors Society and AHS National Honor Society chapter.

The complete alphabetical listing of the 80 graduates is:

Kyeshia M. Adams, Mark Conner Wilson Adams, Brianna Marie Amos, Rachel AnnMarie Amos, Courtney Anderson, Jared Barger, Megan Nicole Baxter, Kayla Marie Blaylock, Lacey Jordan Bowling, Steven Anthony Bowling.

Austin Ray Brough, Kaitey Allison Brown, Kacie Lou Campbell, Mary Jane Campbell, Matthew Case Carter, Nathaniel Lewis Chew, Dalton Wayne Church, Jade Alexis Clay, Jason Scott Cole II, Patrick W. Combs.

Adam Kendall Cornette, Larry Kenneth Couch, Sean Christopher Cullen, Mary Elizabeth Derringer, Kenton Eugene Embrey, Devon Emerson, Kelsey M. Fortner, Kala Ann Goodman, Anthony Lee Hall, James Matthew Hall.

Jared D. Hanner, Bethanie Harbold, Destiny Nicole Helton, Joshua Marcus Allen Helton, Brittany Rheanna Henderson, Stephen William Scott Hill, Meagan Michelle Hollan, Cecile E. Hughes, Arin Dakota Hupp, Logan Tyler Hutchens.

Quincy B. Jeffries, Kendra Michele Jenkins, Jacob Thomas Jennings, David T. Jessup, Matthew G. Johnson, Cheyenne Danielle Jordan, Dylan Micheal Keith, Emily Ann Keller, Whitney Nichole Kendall, Mika Lee Scott Killey.

Elizabeth Elaine Lee, Veronica Michelle McCall, Hailey Amanda Gail Misamore, Lexie Morris, Isaac Dwayne Mullins, Melissa Marie Mullins, Ethan R. Napier, Jacob M. Newton, Robert Noble, Erika Nicole Nugent.

Abigail Lynn Pinnick, Adryane M. Richie, Dakota Bradley Riley, Lauren Rachelle Salyers, Tim Lynn Sandlin, Jaylee Marie Smith, Joseph Foster Stanbary, Brooke Kristina Stanley, Riley Elizabeth Stollings, Sydney Lynn Surber.

Matthew Shane Terry, Angeliquca Eline Tompkins, Emily Nicole Turner, Shyanne Millicent Ellen Turner, Perry Vincent, Andrew Todd Weddle, Jessica Leslie Renae Wells, Brady D. White, Courtney Rachelle White and Matthew Ryan Young.

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