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Emergency-vehicle bill gains committee’s nod

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In 1994, Utah Highway Patrol trooper Randy Ingram was killed when his patrol car was rear-ended by a semitrailer truck.

Now, Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield, wants to make sure that troopers and other emergency response personnel are safer when they make traffic stops.

Ray is sponsoring HB235, which would require drivers to slow and move to an adjacent lane when they see emergency vehicles with flashing lights on the side of the road.

The law enforcement and criminal justice interim committee heard testimony Thursday from troopers who have had close calls or hit from behind by drivers who were driving too close to the side of the road. The committee also heard from Carlene Ingram, Ingram's widow, who plead with them to consider tougher penalties for careless drivers.

"I know what our family went through," she said. "If this law were passed, it would save a life."

The committee passed the bill favorably to the House of Representatives, where it will be heard sometime after Jan. 21, when the general session begins.