A state Senate committee is considering a bill that would exempt hybrid and electric motorcycles from paying an annual fee. The fee collects money for roads from hybrid and electric vehicle owners who don’t pay as much in gas taxes as other drivers. 

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Indiana traffic safety officials hope last year's increase in motorcyclist fatalities isn't the start of a trend.

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As the Higher Learning Commission, a regulatory body charged with accrediting colleges, gets closer to making recommendations about Purdue’s proposed merger with Kaplan University, the heat on Purdue President Mitch Daniels is increasing.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) has called Purdue’s leader out specifically on Twitter, saying he’s misleading people about the deal.

More than 800 people died on Indiana roadways in 2015 – slightly higher than the last five years.

Still, a National Safety Council report ranks Indiana 8th in the nation when it comes to policies that protect people on the roads.

Helping that ranking: Indiana laws address distracted driving, teen drivers, seat belt use and alcohol impaired driving. And the Indiana Governor’s Council on Impaired and Dangerous Driving helps fund extra DUI checkpoints.

Indiana ABATE Founder Takes An Off Ramp From The BMV

Dec 30, 2014
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The state’s longstanding contract with the group Indiana ABATE to provide motorcycle safety training is set to lapse – because ABATE no longer wants to abide some of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles' practices.

Executive Director Jay Jackson says he disagrees with charging unlicensed drivers – many of whom are veterans or teenagers – more (almost $200) to take the safety course than other drivers are charged (about $75).