Commission favors Dustin’s Law
by JOYANNA WEBER, Banner Staff Writer
Mar 05, 2013 | 874 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Support was given by the Bradley County Commission to a proposed state bill to change the charge for motorists driving with a blood alcohol content three times the legal limit, during a formal session Monday at the Courthouse.

The proposed bill is called Dustin’s Law. It is named after Dustin Ledford, who died after being hit in a head-on collision by a driver whose blood alcohol content was three times the legal limit. Because the driver causing the APD 40 crash had no prior DUI, she was charged with vehicular homicide.

Dustin’s Law would change the charge to aggravated vehicular homicide even on the first offense for those with three times the legal limit in their system or when alcohol and methamphetamine are present.

The Commission voted 12-0 to pass a resolution asking Gov. Bill Haslam and state legislators in the 108th General Assembly to support passing the bill. Both representatives from the 4th district were absent.

“I think we owe it to the family to pass it,” 6th District Commissioner Robert Rominger said.

The selection of a 5th District constable, scheduled to be made at Monday’s meeting, was postponed. Fifth District Commissioner Jeff Yarber said he and Commissioner Bill Ledford need a little more time to make a decision.

“I guess it’s a good thing and a bad thing we have four very qualified candidates,” Yarber said. “We want to take our time, make sure we make the right decision.”

Also during the meeting:

- Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis appointed Tom Crye to the Bradley County Regional Planning Commission. Although a Tom Crye has served on the Commission in the past, this is a different person.

“We replaced one Tom Crye with another Tom Crye,” 6th District Commissioner Mel Griffith said.

- An appointment was also made to the Bradley County Nursing Home Board by 7th District Commissioner Mark Hall. Lonnie Setlich will replace Judy Gee, who resigned. Seventh District Commissioner Bill Winters said Setlich would bring financial expertise to the board.

- Davis gave an update on the recent bond loans to complete the three new fire stations in relation to expanding Bradley County Fire-Rescue, and some bonds that were being refinanced. Davis said the bonds now have a fixed rate of 1.56 percent.

- Rominger said the former Blue Springs Elementary School land is now officially owned by Blue Springs Baptist Church. The church had been deemed the best bid when the property was put up for sale several months ago. The paperwork process was lengthy. Rominger thanked County Attorney Crystal Freiberg for her work on the project.