Savannah's Law now in effect

Submitted photoSAVANNAH'S LAW: SEA 100, also known as Savannah’s Law, allows fire departments, including volunteer fire departments, to test vehicular carbon monoxide levels free of charge as a public service for all Hoosiers, at their request.

Senate Enrolled Act 100, authored by State Sen. Mike Delph (R-Carmel), has been ceremonially signed into law by Gov. Eric Holcomb.

SEA 100, also known as Savannah’s Law, allows fire departments, including volunteer fire departments, to test vehicular carbon monoxide levels free of charge as a public service for all Hoosiers, at their request.

The namesake of this law, Savannah Bettis, was tragically killed in a car accident as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning three years ago. Since then, the Bettis family has been promoting carbon monoxide testing and donating proper testing equipment to fire departments. Delph noted that he is thankful for the work John and Wendy Bettis, Savannah’s parents, have done and their passion for helping prevent other tragedies like this from happening in Indiana.

“I would like to congratulate John and Wendy Bettis for having the strength to turn this terrible family tragedy into something positive for their fellow Hoosiers,” Delph said. “When the Bettis family came to me about this issue, I knew action needed to be taken. I am confident Savannah’s Law will save lives by giving people the opportunity to go to their local participating fire department and test their vehicles for carbon monoxide at no cost.”

The Bettis family added they are very appreciative to Delph for his work on this bill.

The couple stated, “Although this began with the tragedy of losing Savannah, we are extremely grateful that our state senator, Mike Delph, has helped us along the way to make carbon monoxide testing an option at no cost for all Hoosiers.”

Gov. Eric Holcomb closed by saying, “This law will save lives.”

Savannah’s Law is supported by the Indiana Fire Chiefs Association, Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association and Professional Firefighters Union of Indiana.

SEA 100 goes into effect July 1.

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