Bill Would Require Teen Drivers Learn CPR


A grieving mother has started a campaign to bring meaning to her daughter's death.

As a result, a state lawmaker plans to introduce a bill that could change requirements for driver's licenses, 10TV's Tracy Townsend reported on Wednesday.

Peggy Halley is mourning the daughter she lost.


After spending years on the east coast, Jennifer Via Fore moved back to Ohio.

She and her husband built their dream home in Chagrin Falls but a year ago, she went for a run and was struck by a car.

"A young man, a neighbor man, came into the cul-de-sac too fast. He did not see her, ran off, into the grassy berm and ran over her," Halley said. "He did not cover her. He did not do any CPR."

Paramedics re-started Via Fore's heart, but she died.

Halley began a letter-writing campaign to all of Ohio's county coroners asking to change the law. 

She wants to make it mandatory that drivers know CPR and basic first aid.

Halley also wrote to a family friend, Rep. Cheryl Grossman of Grove City.

"I believe our intent always is to try to help, but you don't want to do the wrong thing to help," Grossman said.

Grossman was with her husband and son Josh when they discovered a motorcycle crash.

"The woman had lost her leg and our son, Josh, jumped right in there with the tourniquet, stayed right with her, right beside her," Grossman said. "I was amazed that he knew what to do."

Grossman is sponsoring the bill, which would require all teen drivers learn CPR and first aid in the required high school health class, before they get their driver's license.

Several school districts, including South-Western City Schools, already teach it.

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