ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) --- When a Fairfax County Police officer Amanda Perry raced through a red light on Route One here three years ago, broadsiding and killing 33-year-old Ashley McIntosh, Perry's cruiser had flashing lights, but she was not using her siren.
"Policy requires emergency vehicles to sound their sirens and flash their lights, but Virginia state law did not. It said it may be reasonably necessary," Ashley's mother, Cindy Colasanto, told 9News Now.
Surprised, Colasanto began a three year campaign to change the law. The Virginia legislature passed "Ashley's Law" last week.
At red lights "Police are now required to use and activate their lights and siren, yield to other cars. If they decide not to use their sirens, such as in a hostage situation, they must come to a complete stop, so it's an either or directive," Colasanto said.
The bill has been sent to the governor and awaits his signature.