Shealy to prefile bill establishing safety standards for pull trailers

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Right now there aren't very many rules and regulations for cars and trucks pulling utility trailers, and that has caused some very dangerous situations on the roads.

State Sen. Katrina Shealy is working to change this.

It's been more than three years since University of South Carolina student Charlie Meador was hit and killed by a trailer that became detached from an on-coming vehicle on a South Carolina highway.

After contacting close to 200 lawmakers for help strengthening trailer regulations, Charlie's Law supporters are now collaborating with Shealy.

Shealy is drafting amendments and additions to the existing law, mainly asking that trailers be registered and licensed, and that those under 2,500 pounds be equipped with a stop light.

Charlie's Law advocates also hope penalties will be in place for those who cause an accident.

"We want the person who causes a trailer towing violation that leads to the death of another person found guilty of a misdemeanor, and subject to short imprisonment, or a fine or both," said law supporter Carol Thompson.

This legislation will be prefiled by Shealy in December. In case it fails in 2014, the Meador family has already begun circulating a paper petition in churches and community centers around the Midlands.

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