Emergency vehicles proceeding past red lights; when proceeding past moving traffic shall stop, etc. (SB847)

Introduced By

Sen. Toddy Puller (D-Mount Vernon) with support from co-patrons Del. David Englin (D-Alexandria), Del. John O'Bannon (R-Richmond), and Sen. Patsy Ticer (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Emergency vehicles proceeding past red lights. Provides that emergency vehicles proceeding past any device indicating moving traffic shall stop must maintain a reduced speed, must display flashing lights, and must sound a siren. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/23/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09
12/23/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 093813304
12/23/2008Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/29/2009Passed by in Transportation with letter (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2009Subject matter referred by letter to the Crime Commission pursuant to Senate Rule 20 (L)


Anita L. Culosi writes:

Life is precious and fragile. Each person has the right to live his/her life, pursuing happiness, and living until a natural death.

Any preventive measure, that may lessens the possibility of a life being taken unjustly and unnecessarily, with the potential for safeguarding a life, must be considered, undertaken and implemented.

Mila Tecala writes:

I support this bill.

Heidi Burkhardt writes:

It's hard for me to believe that our police would want to refuse to protect innocent lives with this simple measure, after all that is their duty, to protect and serve.

Jack Strickland writes:

Police and other emergency vehicles should not be able to literally get away with murder anymore. I have witnessed both Loudoun County Deputy Sheriffs and Fairfax Police vehicles using proper caution in the extreme. The officer that murdered Ashley McIntosh by assault with a deadly weapon-vehicle was in violation of all existing statutes. This should never be allowed to happen again.

Michael Hertzberg, M.D. writes:

I fully support this bill. Hopefully, it will prevent further tragedies.

Nancy Fife writes:

This bill needs to be passed.

Michael Fife writes:

I support this bill.

J. Douglas Fife writes:

I fully support this bill.

Robert H Kluge Jr writes:

Difficult to imagine that this hasn't been the law in the past and cfurrently. I fully support.

steve hendricks writes:

only a retard would not support this or a cop of course.they would lose there right to murder people and get away with it just like AMANDA PERRY.IF THIS DOES NOT PASS IT IS CORRUPTION AT ITS BEST.

Waldo Jaquith writes:

And the Least Helpful Comment Award goes to...

Mary Carrera writes:

I fully support this bill!!

James Wyne writes:

I'm surprised this isn't a law. I fully support making this one.

Pat Colwill writes:

There are traffic laws on the books. It is a sad day in the Commonwealth when police officers are not bound by the same laws as the rest of us. Reckless driving is reckless driving, doesn't matter who is behind the wheel or what they happen to be driving. SHAME on you Virginia for allowing a murderer to go free.

Is this murdurer still on the road? Does she drive her own vehicle with such recklessness?

I positively support this bill.

Tamara Chapman Dolton writes:

I proudly support any bill that would save lives.
Thank you.

Kim Horton writes:

I support the bill

Mindy Hallum writes:

It's time for common sense to prevail!
I support this bill.

Patti Shannon writes:

I fully support this bill even though it is unfortunately coming forth too late to save the life of Ashley; but by enacting this now, my hope would be that it would prevent other families from going through such a horrible, tragic, painful outcome such as ours. It is only logical...

Melinda Lynam writes:

This is a no-brainer.
Unfortunately, this change of language has come about because of a tragedy - Ashley being killed by an unthinking police officer. I think the police need better training and more common sense.

Kristin Born writes:

This was an unnecessary accident and measures need to be taken to prevent similar tragedies in the future.

Ken Roko writes:

I fully support this bill. I agree on the no-brainer and common sense statements provided by others. We understand that everyone gets caught up in the drama of the emergency and need for expediency -- but it should not be at the cost of additional lives.

Pat Tokarz M.D. writes:

Please pass this law and educate all emergency workers to follow it.Thank you.

Melinda Douglas writes:

This bill only makes sense. It provides guidance to police officers who may not be experienced or who may lack prudence. Most importantly, it will save the lives of innocent people. I fail to see why it should not become the law of Virginia. We have seen the tragic result of an officer's failure to abide by what is proposed.

Blair Bogle writes:

I support this bill.

Lee Hunter writes:

I fully support this bill. Please pass this law.