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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.

Tags: Duty Deaths, Virginia State Police, Virginia


Comments (25)

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Adam @ 1/14/2014 5:04 AM

What about mandatory jail time!?!?

S.S. @ 1/14/2014 8:17 AM

Wow that's pathetic. $1000 and a 12 month suspended sentence. This is what Virginia thinks of it's police officers. That is a freakin joke!!! Even what they're asking for is too lenient. Virginia doesn't hold it's law enforcement in very high regards does it.

Capt. Crunch @ 1/14/2014 11:59 AM

I agree with Adam, there should be manatory jail time. I think the the mandatory fine should be $10,000.00. This bill is not strong enough.

Lenny @ 1/14/2014 10:41 PM

Is there any job out there that you boys and girls don't think you can better?
Perhaps you could suggest a visit from Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli as part of the punishment? I'm sure they will learn em good. Right Captain?

S.S. @ 1/15/2014 10:42 AM

lenny again... wow at it again. God you're such an a**hole. Do you even work or have a hobby. I guess not. I guess your still in your mommy's basement and fantascize about your mommy with peanut butter all over yourself. You canadian inbred p.o.s. Dude nobody likes you, but you continue to put your stupid rants on a law enforcement site. I guess it is the attention you seek. Well whatever dude. No wonder you've got not wife, or sister in your case, and hopefully no children. The thought of you pro-creating is a nightmare. Just do us all a favor and stay off.

Jim B. @ 1/15/2014 2:24 PM

SS, dude, just ignore him. Everybody knows what he is and what his angle is. If everytime he posted one of his comments everyone just ignored him and he didn't get any kind of a response at all, he will eventually go away. There won't be any fun in it for him. But each time someone has to get pissed off and come on with some huffy response and throw a bunch of insults out there. The best way to deal with the guy is not to give him ANY reaction at all. No "No one cares what you think Lenny.", no "Why don't you go away Lenny.", no "You must not be a cop Lenny, you're crazy!", nothing! Absolute silence. Just as though his posts weren't even there.

S.S. @ 1/16/2014 7:41 AM

You know Jim I can do that on the streets if it comes up where there's people there that don't like L.E. That's not the problem, and you're right. What just really irks me is that douche bag putting down other officers that are no longer with us and cannot defend themselves. And our profession period. But your right. Believe me I will try. The guy is a complete loser, and im sure he knows it.

Johnny Law @ 1/16/2014 10:06 AM

S.S., Jim B. makes a good point. Don't let that miserable wannabe have the satisfaction of getting you upset! Just ignore that loser. He wines and cries all the time about the POLICE, but will hide in the closet and cower like a sissy waiting for the POLICE to arrive and save him when he hears a noise in the middle of the night! HA HA He is a joke at best!! Stay safe my brothers!!

Lenny @ 1/16/2014 4:39 PM

@S.S.
Hey einsatzgruppenführer, Couldn't even make it one day without hurling yet another insult. I said it before see someone about your anger issues. Read a really good article today by the CBC's Neil Macdonald, Senior Washington Correspondent. It's called "Contempt of cop, America's defiance revolution". A very good read and something you should read over and over, you know with your temper. I realize it's written by a Canuck, and you think we are all liberal whatever's cause of our healthcare and all but he spends most of his time in America.

Ima Leprechaun @ 1/17/2014 2:38 AM

I do know some states have vehicular homicide but those states have very low penalties for vehicular homicide and in most cases its a misdemeanor. So if the law is needed to increase the penalty then its probably a good law. Many Officers are killed directing traffic by impaired or pissed off drivers that take out their frustrations on the officer. We only have so many places we can send traffic when its very heavy and its not a personal penalty to anyone stuck in traffic, they just have to wait until there is room for them to move. I feel it should be the same as murder of a police or safety officer under criminal code though. Most run these poor guys down on purpose.

S.S. @ 1/17/2014 8:41 AM

No lenny it's not anger. You claim that your on the side of the people and claim to be a liberal. I don't speak canuck or wherever the hell it is your from. But I'll tell you what I have come to realize. Lord knows where you did your 43 yrs. of work. But maybe in the peace corps or salvation army. Well I guess all you do know is spend time in your basement and watch what passes as news these days and believe everything you hear. Like a complete and naive liberal you are. Look lenny you have no idea what we do as officers. You think it's a kick ass and take names. It's far from that. We do take time out to talk to people, and most of the people that I've come across do appreciateite it,but you attack police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty, and that's what pisses me off and a lot of these officers cannot defend themselves. You pass yourself as a wannabe intellectual and well quite frankly your not you sound IGNORANT.

S.S. @ 1/17/2014 8:46 AM

BTW let's see if you under stand this lenny. Usted no eres un hombre. Usted es un pendejo que no tienes huevos y eres un covarde!

Lenny @ 1/17/2014 9:38 AM

Couldn't even read one article could you? No intellectual curiosity at all, not surprising. Only someone as uninformed and self absorbed would consider working for the Peace Corps or Salvation Army as something disreputable. I can understand why you have aproblem with it as they HELP people, as do I when I counsel and assist people who suffer from addiction. As far as news goes I believe pretty much nothing especially from the States where it's all Fox News or MSNBC bullsh/t. I do have some idea of what you as officers do here are some names you can look up, some are the victims of officers and some are the officers, Keith Vidal, El Paso U.S. Customs and Border Protection, LAPD Officer Mary Margaret O'Callaghan, Milton Olin Jr., Amy Needham, Officer James Sinnot, Jonathan Garcia from WAUKEGAN, Ill, Officer Michael Vagnini, Michael Saffioti, officer Timothy Jones, Officer Drummond(Harris County), Michael Bergeron, Jr, Sgt. Brett McKnight, Officer Brian Morales, Officer Travis Lamont.

Lenny @ 1/17/2014 9:57 AM

Officers David Shin and Jin Oh, Sgt. Richard Sassi Jr, Officer Marc Washington, Officer Randall Kerrick, Chip officers Officers Andrew P. Murrill and Jim Sherma, and from the sounds of it the entire Brown County Sheriff's Office. So ya I have a pretty good understanding of what you guys do. I have never attacked any officer who has lost his life in the line of duty, I simply remind all of you who only get your news here is that a lot of innocent people are losing their lives to law enforcement. As far as passing myself off as an intellectual I can understand your confusion compared to most posters on here I must sound like Socrates. He was an Ancient Greek and considered my many one of the fathers of ethics and morals. Trying to get you to understand anything no matter how many times I have said it to you on this page is like trying to teach a dog a card trick. Oh and ya aren't you clever ranslation "You're not a man. You are an idiot that you don't have eggs and you are a coward!"

S.S. @ 1/17/2014 10:40 AM

You are very far from intellectual, and I can only thank god that youd do not reside in the states. Insted you live in canada. lenny you came off as a bigger idiot than what I originally thought you were. Not only that but you are way out of touch with what's going on nowadays. For your cowardice I didn't expect you to admit bashing officers who were no longer with us. I was correct. Instead you go to the internet and google everything you just spat out . God you are a complete joke, and nothing but a nuisance. Im sure that's why your single, and have no boyfriend or girlfriend.Just so you know it's not eggs in this case. It's 'balls" Im sure you don't know what those are but those are 2 things that us males have below our penis that provide us with testosterone. In your case I have no idea. But I would for lack of a better term for you it would be a mangina. lenny please try to do some thinking on your own, and stay off google.You just sound like an ignorant tool.

S.S. @ 1/17/2014 10:47 AM

YOU actually said you come off like Socrates to us. Dude trust me your not that bright, and sound like somebody that sounds like he needs a little intervention from an addiction. God help those people that supposedly go to you for trouble with addiction. HAHAHAHAHa. That is waaaaay too funny. Thanx I needed that for the weekend. What a douche.

Lenny @ 1/17/2014 11:00 AM

Didn't even look one of them up did you? I didn't use Google I have the stories each bookmarked in my browser so I can keep up to date. Your insults and you rambling are really starting to become incoherent, are you on something? Wow but you really are a disgusting grotty little man.

Tu madre es muy gorda y fea
Now that I got from Google.

Kieta el stupido elephante
and that

Lenny @ 1/17/2014 11:03 AM

S.S.

Yes I hear lots and lots of stories of how cops treat addicts.
I'm sure you're very proud nit wit.
And don't ever call me Dude, we're not that close.

S.S. @ 1/21/2014 8:03 AM

Atleast I have a mother poor little lenny....

Lenny @ 1/21/2014 10:42 AM

You had four days and that's the best you can do you POS.
You just don't know when to STFU do you?

S.S. @ 1/22/2014 12:36 PM

No douche I was on days off. Since that's what those of us with a career have. But seeing as you don't have one. I guess everyday is a day off for you. mr. counselor....yeah right. No I guess I don't know when to STFU. Did the mommy comment hurt you? Hey...you were the dumbass that brought up moms. So basically you just walked into that one. MORON. Should've use a lil bit more of your SO CALLED INTELLIGENCE on that post dummy. C-ya.

Lenny @ 1/22/2014 5:01 PM

So the only time that you comment is when you are working?
I'm sure the people who pay your inflated salary must like that.
No surprise here, and I will try one more time to explain I had a
career but I am now retired, it's like talking to a haddock.
And once again you are a liar as it was you who brought family into
this discussion, so stop lying, or you may lose your "decorations".
But I guess being a cop lying is simply second nature. One of the things
I suggest to people I am helping is that they need to accept things as
they are, not as they want them to be. You could learn from that( oh what
am I saying you gave up on learning a long time ago).

S.S. @ 1/23/2014 2:05 PM

You're just a burden on society. you're a parasite who doesn't do jack and let's his so-called govt. take care of him. I hope you don't have kids! Oh...but wait you're calling it being retired. Yeah right lenny. lenny you are a liberal loser who Im glad resides in canada and not here. Lord knows we don't need anymore cowards. It's just like I figured you live in your mommys basement and don't do jack. So stop lying lenny. Everyone knows you're a douchebag, and a complete moron. So I take it that you're very comfortable with what you are which is an unemployed, food stamp taking, let the government take care of him loser. But that's ok with you so long as you get that govt. cheese. You're just a waste of skin. I hope this talk helpd a lil lenny and maybe motivate you to get off of your mommy's couch and get out from her basement and go out and find a boyfriend or a girlfriend, or a job or whatever whatever it is you're into. FREAK!!!

Lenny @ 1/24/2014 8:18 AM

Wow you are one angry little beaner piglet.
And yes you're right, I am a burden on society, a parasite,
let the government take care of me loser getting the goverment
cheese. No wait you're the swivel servant taking the government
paypacket and endless perks.

Tu eres más feo que el culo de un mono - You are uglier than the butt of a monkey

Cabron

S.S. @ 1/24/2014 11:40 AM

I have a career though lenny. What do you have? Well......no mother for one. Too bad she didn't get to stick around maybe she could've raised you the right way. But oh well....sorry. Well all im gonna say is that im not gonna sink to your level of racial slurs. But Im sure we all know what you are. If maybe you're in somekind of denial. I'll say it again. Your a parasite, no job, no future, welfare collecting, let the govt. take care of me pu**y, with no balls, and who probably reeks of spam and cheez whiz. Im just glad you have no wife or children. Thank god for that. It's better that way. Then we don't have to worry about little lenny bitches running around being scared of their own shadows. It would also suck because they have no grandma to talk to. You're spanish needs a little work lenny. You should try the rosetta program...since you don't do anything all day, but play dress up in your dead mother's clothes. I know I hit the head with the hammer on that one.

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