Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb Signs ‘Play for Kate’ ATV Bill Into Law
Nearly two years after an ATV accident took the life of 11-year-old Newburgh girl, Kate Bruggenschmidt, Indiana Governor, Eric Holcomb ceremoniously signed a bill named after her into law Monday morning.
Kate died on July 26th, 2015 while riding an ATV during downtime in between games of a softball tournament her travel team was participating in. She was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
In the months following the accident, Kate's mother, Ashlee Bruggenschmidt, made it her mission to ensure other parents never feel the pain of losing a child by petitioning the Indiana State Legislation to create a law requiring ATV riders under the age of 18 to wear a helmet anytime they ride.
After testifying in front of law makers several times over the past couple of years, Ashlee's wish came true in April when the "Play for Kate" bill passed the Indiana legislature.
The Governor's signing of the bill took place in the gymnasium of Sharon Elementary where Ashlee serves as Principal. Our media partners at Eyewitness News were on hand to capture the moment.
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In time since Kate's death, the family created the Play for Kate Foundation. A non-profit organization designed to not only raise awareness for ATV safety, but to also encourage young people (and adults) to be good people, work hard, and have a positive attitude, just like Kate did.
The Foundation also created a scholarship fund in Kate's honor that's awarded to a graduating high school senior each year.