Indiana is currently only one of five states with a “Red Flag” law that allows guns to be seized before someone can commit an act of violence.
IC-35-47-14-1, a little known statute which has been on the books since 1996, allows for guns to be taken away from someone a judge deems to be a potential threat to themselves or others. Mental illness, escalating threats, substance abuse, and domestic violence as well as documented evidence of a threat or propensity for violent or emotionally unstable conduct are some of the factors used to determine whether an individual may pose a potential threat of danger that warrants intervention and separation from their firearms.
The refrain “if you see something, say something” is often repeated, and this legislation empowers citizens to call attention to a potential threat by notifying law enforcement, who may then ask a judge to order the weapon be seized pending a further ruling on the threat of danger posed by the individual.
Read more about this law here.
It probably goes without saying that Super Bowl Sunday is one of the biggest drinking days of the year. DUI arrests spike every year on Super Bowl Sunday – and local police all over Indiana will likely be cracking down on hoosier partygoers with increased checkpoints and patrols. None of us want to be featured on Live PD, right?
If you can help it, you’re safer at home. You’re twice as likely to be in an alcohol related accident on Super Bowl Sunday as you are any other day of the year, whether you are drinking or not. Statistics say that Super Bowl Sunday is one of the most dangerous times to be on the road.
Super bowl parties tend to start early in the day and last into the late evening, which can mean extended periods of drinking that can contribute to a lack of awareness of your blood alcohol content. It’s important to pace yourself, eat plenty of food, and be cautious. People process alcohol differently. You may feel tipsy on the same amount of drinks that could cause someone else to feel hammered, and BAC is a tricky subject. Make a plan – arrange for a designated driver or transportation. Better to not roll the dice – leave your keys and vehicle at home if possible and ride with someone you trust to get you home safely.
If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party, be sure to look out for your guests. Have a designated “house” driver on standby to drive your friends who drank more than they realized or failed to plan ahead. Have a place for your friends to crash if necessary. Don’t let your friends risk it.
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The truth is, we love being your lawyer, but we hope to never have you as a DUI client as much as you never hope to be charged with a DUI. That said, good people do make mistakes or misjudge the amount of alcohol they’ve had, especially on days like this. If you need us, call us, day or night. Click here for more information on our DUI / OWI services.
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Drivers Must Now Yield Right of Way to Semis
Beginning January 1st, motorists will be required to yield the right of way to semis and other vehicles over 40 feet long or 10 foot wide within any roundabout – regardless of who enters first. If two trucks are driving side by side, the truck on the right must yield to the one on the left.
Semis need more room to navigate turns – and sometimes this means cutting into another lane. The intent of the law is to give big trucks the freedom to negotiate these curves while avoiding accidents or lane closures due to overturned semis. Know the law and protect your wallet – failure to yield can result in fines of up to $500.
For more information on roundabouts visit INDOT. If you’d like more info on HB 1039, click here.
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