A Plea From Ashley’s Mother: Bringing Ashley’s Law to the Table
As you know we’ve been following the tragic story of Ashley McIntosh, my niece’s teacher, who died in a horrible collision with a police officer, Amanda Perry, on an icy day last February. Witnesses had clearly seen the police car speeding through the red light without a siren, yet with lights, towards the intersection where Ashley was thrown from the car and killed. Many of you have responded in comments about this story over the last year.
There have been many questions around the negligence of the police officer as she didn’t have a siren on—something that hasn’t been required by the police. In fact, the law states that police officers are exempt from the red light/green light law if their “speed is sufficiently reduced.” While Officer Perry had been charged with reckless driving in May, she was not found guilty in September. Now, it’s time to look at the bigger picture. We need to protect others.
While there is no way to bring back Ashley, Ashley’s mother, Cindy McIntosh Colasanto, is trying to bring Ashley’s Law to the lawmakers. This law would require police officers to use their lights and sirens (and slow to a safe speed) when driving through red lights .Anyone in Virginia, please pay attention:
Dear Virginia Resident,
I want to thank you for your signature on the petition urging state legislators to introduce “Ashley’s Law,” a law that would require police officers to slow their cars and turn on their sirens when driving through red lights. My daughter, Ashley, was killed when a Fairfax County police officer failed to take those simple, life-saving measures.
State Senator Toddy Puller has now introduced a bill requiring officers to follow those guidelines.
Now I want to ask you one more favor that could make the difference in whether this bill become law.
Would you please write/email/call your local senator and representative urging him or her to vote for this bill?
I have included a sample letter that you can cut and paste into an email or letter.
Thank you for your support. Your actions could truly save a life.
Cindy McIntosh Colasanto, Ashley’s mother
Dear Assemblyman/Senator ________________:
I am writing to urge you to vote for SB 847 which will require Virginia police officers to slow to a safe speed and use their sirens when driving through red lights.
This is a common-sense requirement which protects innocent citizens as well as police by reducing the risk of potentially deadly collisions.
If you are a Virginia resident, please lend your support to the McIntosh family.