Alabama Legislature Approves Trip Pittman’s Bill to Establish Crime of Vehicular Homicide

By Trip Pittman

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – In February of 2015, Marshall James Walton of Mobile was working in a construction zone along U.S. Highway 45 near Citronelle. A F-150 pickup truck, driven recklessly through the area, struck and killed Mr. Walton.

This past week, Senator Trip Pittman (R-Montrose) sponsored the Marshall James Walton Highway Safety Act, which establishes the crime of vehicular homicide if the driver of an automobile, while knowingly engaged in the violation of any state or local law vehicle laws, causes the death of another person.

“What happened to Marshall James Walton was an unspeakable tragedy, but my hope is this law will strongly discourage reckless driving in the future,” Pittman said. “If a person operates an automobile in a reckless manner, flagrantly disregarding state and local laws, and causes a person’s death, they should be guilty of more than mere manslaughter.”

Senate Bill 82 received final passage in the Legislature by a 77-19 vote on May 16, and Governor Kay Ivey signed the bill into law on Friday, May 19.

Senator Trip Pittman represents District 32 in the Alabama State Senate, which is contained fully within Baldwin County, and is Chairman of the Senate Finance & Taxation-General Fund Committee. He is a small business owner and a former member of the Alabama Commission on Higher Education.