"Todd's Law" proposal fails in house committee

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - A proposal called "Todd's Law" failed to get through the House Transportation Committee on Tuesday.

The inspiration for House Bill 275 came last summer. Todd McCall died after rear-ending a semi-truck on I-75. The truck was parked on the shoulder.

The bill would beef up the current law, increasing the penalty for trucks parked for non-emergency reasons. The current fine ranges from $20 to $100. The bill calls for a new range of $100 to $200.

The effort fell one vote short.

"It's like a punch in the stomach," said Michael McCall, Todd's father.

The proposal didn't pass the committee because the language wasn't clear. Representatives had questions about what qualified as an emergency and which vehicles would be exempt. Other representatives felt the current law was good enough.

McCall isn't discouraged from the result, he is determined to make sure Todd's Law becomes a law.

"I'm optimistic that it'll pass. It'll just take a little time. They'll get tired of seeing me here," explained McCall.

The revised proposal will go back in front of the committee again in two weeks.

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