'Kaelin Kersh Act' looks to keep speeding law enforcement in check

A track athlete who lost her life in a car accident involving a law enforcement officer is not being forgotten.

Posted: Feb. 1, 2018 6:44 PM
Updated: Feb. 1, 2018 11:21 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - A track athlete who lost her life in a car accident involving a law enforcement officer is not being forgotten.

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Kaelin Kersh was killed in May 2017 in an accident involving a Mississippi Highway Patrol trooper. Now Mississippi lawmakers look to pass a bill that could protect others.

The bill would "require that any operator of any emergency vehicle authorized to be marked with blinking, rotating or oscillating lights shall use blinking, rotating or oscillating lights when operating the emergency vehicle at a speed in excess of thirty miles per hour over the posted speed limit; and for related purposes."

"My issue is solely with the individual who made a conscious decision to break even the Highway Patrol policies and procedures by going 100 miles an hour in a 45," said Toni Kersh, the victim's mother.

She says she wants to make it clear she isn't bashing law enforcement but want them to take heed of speeding.

"This bill, although it can't do anything to bring Kaelin back, it possibly could save another life," Toni Kersh said.

Kaelin Kersh was on the track team at Mississippi State University and passed away soon after graduating.

"We were there on May 5th, all just jubilant about her graduating from Mississippi State. Then the next day, less than 24 hours later, you get a knock on the door saying, 'Do you know Kaelin Kersh?'"

Her mother says she realized how much of a positive impact her daughter made on MSU's campus from everyone's outpouring of love and support.

If passed, the bill would take effect July 1st.

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