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Ashley's Law, which requires emergency vehicles to use horns or sirens, in addition to flashing lights, gets signed in to law.
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Ashley's Law, which requires emergency vehicles to use horns or sirens, in addition to flashing lights, gets signed in to law.

The law, championed by State Sen. Toddy Puller, requires emergency vehicles to use sirens or horns, in addition to flashing lights, if a situation calls for them to break normal traffic protocol at an intersection.

It's named for Ashley McIntosh, a teacher's assistant killed when a Fairfax police officer, using flashing lights but no sirens, ran a red light and crashed into McIntosh, causing her death.

Gov. McDonnell says the law strikes the right balance between safe roads and the needs of law enforcement to act quickly.

"Maybe it'll slow things down a couple of seconds, but it'll make sure the citizen arrives home safely and it'll make sure the law enforcement officer or firefighter gets to the scene safely to be able to discharge their duties," McDonnell said.

Cindy Colasanto, McIntosh's mother, said Ashley, who loved to help others, would be proud of the law passed in her memory.

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