WWE star Zeb Colter, who can currently be seen on WWE programming as the ringleader of The Real Americans, was in Nashville on Thursday March 6 to witness the Tennessee Senate unanimously pass Amelia's Law, a bill named after his granddaughter who was killed in August 2012. This bill will now head to Governor Bill Haslem for review, and almost certainly be signed. According to a March 6 report by WATE.com, Colter, real name Wayne Keown, made the following comments about the passing of Amelia's Law:
There will always be a hole in our hearts. It doesn't really help us that much and I'm glad that this bill has passed, but I'm certain that in the future this bill will help the people of Tennessee."
Amelia Keown was heading home after school on August 14, 2012, when parolee John Perkins crossed the center line in his 1999 Chrysler Sebring and crashed head on into Amelia who was driving a 1999 Ford Taurus. The 16 year old Keown, died at the scene. Perkins, who was speeding and didn't hit his breaks, died a day later from injuries sustained in the crash. According to a report by WBIR.com, Perkins' toxicology reports showed that he had near toxic levels of methamphetamine and oxycodone in his system at the time of his crash.
Almost immediately after the death of Amelia, Wayne and other family members began a movement to change the law in Tennessee. This movement eventually morphed into a more formal bill known as Amelia's Law (SB1962).
If approved by Governor Haslem, Amelia's Law would allow judges the right to order all convicted parolees or offenders, where drugs or alcohol played a part in their crimes, to wear a monitoring device that will test the individual's blood every 30 minutes.
The bill would take effect on July 1 if approved. In addition to Thursday's Senate passing, the House also unanimously passed the bill on February 27.
Amelia would have turned 18 years old on March 27. The family can still use your support on this matter. For more information on Amelia's Law and how to support this cause, check out Ameliaslaw.com.