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Reckless Driving Bill to Punish Killing LEOs Introduced in Va. Senate

January 13, 2014  | 

The bill requested by the family of Virginia State Trooper Andrew Fox has been introduced in the Virginia State Senate and assigned to the Senate Transportation Committee, reports the Bluefield Daily Telegraph.

Legislative Services assigned the number SB 293 to the bill. The bill summary is titled: "Reckless driving causing death or injury of certain persons," and the text follows.

"Punishes reckless driving that causes the death or serious physical injury of a law-enforcement officer, emergency medical services personnel, highway worker, or firefighter engaged in his duties as a Class 6 felony with a $2,500 mandatory minimum fine. The bill further requires the court to suspend the offender’s driver’s license for one year. In addition, the court may impose a civil penalty of up to $10,000 and the proceeds shall be deposited into the general fund."

Trooper Fox, 27, a Tazewell, Va., native was directing traffic at the Virginia State Fair on Oct. 5, 2012, when a driver leaving the fair ran over him. Fox died as a result of the injuries he received. The driver pleaded "no contest" to the reckless driving charge and was fined $1,000 and given a 12-month suspended sentence.


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