Author: Chelsea Gierymski

Indiana’s “Dead Red” Law

Recently Indiana became the 16th state to pass what is known as a “dead red” law. House bill 1080, authored by local state representative Mike Karickhoff, “authorizes motorcycle, moped, and bicycle riders who fail to trigger a traffic signal at an intersection to drive through a red light, so long as the rider first stops for two minutes and then proceeds cautiously.” Representative Karickhoff cited to the fact that many traffic signals cannot detect motorcycles as a contributing factor to the passing of bill 1080, which passed 84-10. When the signal that a vehicle is waiting at the light...

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Tenant’s Rights in Indiana

Too often we see landlords taking advantage of their tenants, simply because the tenants do not know their rights. The Indiana Civil Rights Commission compiled a list of landlord’s obligations and tenant’s rights. Some of the rights include a safe, clean and habitable living space, adequate access to the property, and maintenance of common areas. The following is detailed description of tenant’s rights: Safe, clean and habitable: the landlord must comply with all building and health codes and provide a safe and clean dwelling. The unit must be cleaned, with toilets, furnaces, and windows working. Locks must be on...

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Driving Safely with Pets

Summertime brings about opportunities for pets, especially dogs, to ride in the car with their owners. It is important to keep all passengers, including children and pets, safe in the car. Some states have laws that require your pets to be restrained. For example, New Jersey requires pets to be in a restraint or carrier in the car. According to Megan Blake, The Pet Lifestyle Coach, “unrestrained pets in cars pose serious potential risks, including becoming a major distraction to drivers. Unrestrained pets can easily be seriously injured, killed or even lost after being thrown from a car.” Megan...

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You Don’t Have to Pay for Your Kids Medical Care if you Pray for Them

Ind. Code § 35-46-1-5 : Indiana Code – Section 35-46-1-5: Nonsupport of a dependent child (a) A person who knowingly or intentionally fails to provide support to the person’s dependent child commits nonsupport of a child, a Class D felony. However, the offense is a Class C felony if the total amount of unpaid support that is due and owing for one (1) or more children is at least fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000). (b) It is a defense that the child had abandoned the home of his family without the consent of his parent or on the order of...

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No Fishing with a Crossbow or Dynamite

IC 14-22-9-1 Sec. 1. (a) Except as allowed by section 3 of this chapter, a person may not take fish from waters containing state owned fish, waters of the state, or boundary waters of the state by the following: (1) Means of: (A) a weir; (B) an electric current; (C) dynamite or other explosive; (D) a net; (E) a seine; (F) a trap; or (G) any other substance that has a tendency to stupefy or poison fish. (2) Means of the following: (A) A firearm. (B) A crossbow. (C) The hands alone. (b) The methods or devices in this...

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