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"Andrew's Law" tabled in VA legislature until 2015




TAZEWELL, Va (WVVA)-- A bill that could improve first responders' safety has been stalled in Virginia legislature.

Andrew's Law, also known as Virginia Senate Bill 293, has been tabled until 2015.

It's a bill in honor of Trooper Andrew Fox, killed while directing traffic outside the Virginia State Fair in October 2012. Since then, his family has since been fighting relentlessly to get this bill heard.

But its momentum was halted in the courts of justice committee, said Andrews' father David Fox. He said Delegate Albo of Springfield questioned its cost and effectiveness.

Fox said although it's temporarily dead, they will continue to fight on next year in memory of his son.

"It tears me up. I'm still very upset," said Fox. "But we are still going until it's passed. And I'm trying to get everybody to come support this bill."

Trooper Fox's friends agree. Major Harold Heatley of the Tazewell County Sheriff's Office knew Fox well, and said this is a blow for the effort.

"For this bill to be tabled until next year just, to us as first responders, be it fire, ems, law enforcement, V-DOT workers, it really doesn't make any sense," he said.

 Andrew's Law would create a stiffer penalty for distracted drivers who strike law enforcement, emergency responders, and highway personnel.

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