Woodbury man calls on lawmakers to increase carbon monoxide awareness
If you've ever left your vehicle running in a confined space during the winter - with ventilation - you've been at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning.
Didn't think so? Neither did a Woodbury teenager who died late last year.
"Even with the garage door up, the concentrations were enough to incapacitate him quickly," said Rep. Michael Beard, R-Shakopee, following testimony Wednesday at a legislative committee hearing from Woodbury resident Jeff Lavers.
Lavers asked House Transportation Policy and Finance Committee members to consider passing what's known as "Tyler's Law" - a bill named in honor of his son who died of carbon monoxide poisoning while installing car-stereo equipment.
The legislation calls for driver training instruction to include information on carbon monoxide dangers and requires a carbon monoxide-related question to be added to the Minnesota driver's license exam.
"With education comes empowerment," Lavers told committee members during testimony.
He described the tragic death of his son - an incident he said could have been avoided, had information on carbon monoxide been more prevalent.
Lavers called the bill, being sponsored by Rep. Andrea Kieffer, R-Woodbury, "simple, inexpensive."
"Surely, critical, direct education of this danger can and will keep someone alive," he said.
The legislation will be considered for inclusion in a larger transportation bill.
See more on the story in the Bulletin's March 23 print edition.