Proposed Bill Would Limit Naming Of Highways To Fallen Public Safety Or Military Personnel

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A proposed bill in the House on Wednesday would limit whom bridges, overpasses, highways and “any other highway structure” could be named for.

In the measure only law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical services employees, or active and reserve military personnel killed in the line of duty would be eligible for the honor.

If passed the bill would prevent the naming of state maintained highways for celebrities, politicians and NCDOT board members.

Rep. Dana Bumgardner (R-Gastonia), Rep. John Blust (R-Greensboro) and Rep. Grier Martin (D-Raleigh) are sponsors of the bill.

In March 2014 a bridge over the South Fork of the New River was named for Watauga County Deputy William Mast Jr. Mast was killed in the line of duty during the early morning of July 26,2012.

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