It’s nice when your legislators do something productive for a change, don’t you think?

The Tennessee General Assembly passed Courtney’s Law, a measure that allows those who kill when drag racing to be charged with vehicular homicide. This bill also allows those who injure another when drag racing to be charged with vehicular assault.

This bill, sponsored by Sen. Rusty Crowe and Rep. Matthew Hill, was brought to fruition as a result of the now infamous drag racing accident (although I hesitate to call it an “accident”) last fall which killed Courtney Hensley and critically injured Courtney Beard. The irresponsible cavemen who decided to drag race that night have been charge with a myriad of crimes, but this bill would have certainly made it easier on the District Attorney.

Now, I feel obligated to raise an issue brought up by Gary on GMTC last week…I am happy with the drunk driving law and Courtney’s Law is fantastic, but what about this loophole that allows legislators to drive just as fast as they please so long as they’re on “important legislative business?” Come on, guys – what makes you so special that you get to zoom past the rest of us? Did you get special “fast-driving training” when you were elected to office that makes you somehow safer than the non-legislators?

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