Missouri lawmakers want to create stiffer penalties for drivers who speed past emergency responders on the highway. This comes after a motorist assist workers was killed while setting up cones to direct drivers from another accident on I-70 in Independence.
A bill passed in the Senate on Thursday calls for increased fines for speeding drivers. The measure calls for a $250 fines for those speeding in an emergency response zone, $1,000 if it’s more than 15 mph above the limit, $5,000 if an emergency responder is injured and $10,000 if the emergency responder is killed. This would protect police, firefighters, ambulance personnel, tow truck drivers and various other responders.
The Senate bill must now go to the House for a vote.