A law honoring the life of Vincent Healy, Jr. heads to the Governor’s Desk to be signed tomorrow April 28th at 9am, State House 2nd fl.
HB 430 is the fruit of efforts by Vincent and Dixie Healy of Frederick County. Their 21- year-old son was killed by a drunk driver whose blood alcohol content was 0.15, nearly twice the Maryland state limit. Because of trial delays, the conviction of the drunk driver did not come for another two and a half years, during which the driver was still on Maryland roads unchecked.
HB 430 tightens the penalties for drunk driving accidents that result in a fatality. The Bill was sponsored by Delegates Bill Folden and Kathy Afzali and passed the House and Senate unanimously.
Delegate Afzali in particular thanked Delegate Folden, whose experience as a Police Officer
proved invaluable during the drafting process.
“I was overcome by the grief of the Healy family at the loss of their son, and dumbfounded as to why the drunk driver who killed Vinny drove himself to his legal proceedings,” Delegate Afzali said in a statement.
Afzali continued to say, “The sincerity and conviction of the Healys to see that the law be changed is what prompted me to get Delegate Folden (a police officer) on board to help me draft the bill to toughen our laws.