House Transportation Committee to take up traffic accident report bill

A bill that would make certain information on traffic accident reports confidential is scheduled to be taken up by the House Transportation Committee on Tuesday.

The amended version of the bill has already passed the full Senate on a 33-0 vote.

The legislation, HB1107 / SB1346 would make confidential “personally identifying information of any person named in any motor vehicle accident report.” Personally identifying information is defined as a person’s home street address and zip code, telephone number, driver’s license number and insurance information.

In introducing the bill in the Senate State and Local Government Committee, state Sen. Becky Massey, R-Knoxville, told lawmakers that the bill does allow the press to still have access to the names, age and county of their residence, or the city of their address.

State Rep. Jason Powell, D-Nashville, is carrying the bill in the House, and has said that his intention is to block contact information that is being used to solicit traffic accident victims.

The House Transportation Committee meets at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in House Hearing Room III.

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