SAVE COUNTLESS LIVES
ONE MINUTE OF YOUR TIME
A LASTING MEMORIAL TO OUR DEAR DAUGHTER, SISTER
FRIEND AND TEACHER
We are concerned Citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia with the goal of preventing another tragic loss of life.
Ashley McIntosh was killed in a violent collision with a Fairfax County police officer who ran a red light at a high speed with no siren on February 12, 2008.
The officer was charged with reckless driving and went to trial.
The court found that the officer's actions were not reckless and delivered a not guilty verdict.
How could this happen? Because Virginia law says an officer's speed and use of lights and siren when driving through a red light are determined by what is "reasonably necessary." In otherwords, at the discretion of the officer. .
This is not enough and jeopardizes lives.
Here’s our suggestion.
Change the law to:
a) mandate that emergency vehicle operators always use their lights and siren when driving
through red lights, and
b) mandate emergency vehicle operators slow their vehicles so they are able to make
a controlled stop when driving through any intersection.
One Virginia Senator is planning to introduce legislation with our change in December, 2008.
We want to urge other legislators to support it and make “Ashley‘s Law“ a reality.
Please join us by signing this petition and forward it along. (Virginia residents only, please.)
There is power in numbers. You could help save a life.
To sign petition please link to: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/AshleyMcIntosh/
(Once you sign the petition the site directs you to a payment page. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO MAKE ANY PAYMENT! Just go back one page and click on the “signatures” tab at the top to make sure your name and comments are posted.)
To see coverage and dashboard camera video of the accident: http://www.youtube.com/v/AW4fKe7LntI
Thank you ALL.