The Tyler Head Law, enacted in 2016, allows Memorial Signs to be erected at the site of impaired driving crashes in Tennessee. It was named after Tyler Head, who was killed by a drunk driver on his way to class at Austin Peay University at 7:30AM on February 3, 2012.
This year, an amendment was made to the law. Previously, the law required a conviction for Vehicular Homicide or Vehicular Assault by Intoxication in order for families to qualify to request the sign in honor of loved ones. However, in 2017, “Shadow’s Law”, named after Shadow “Shada” Lowe, an 18-year-old Roane State student who was killed in 2011, added an amendment to allow families to apply for the signs without a conviction if the impaired driver was also killed in the crash.
MADD is proud of Tyler’s mother, Gina Head-Hieber, and Shada’s mother, Tonia Lowe, for their hard work and dedication, not only in honoring their own children’s memories, but in making a way for other families to do the same and to help spread awareness about the dangers of impaired driving.