Editorial: Eluding Police

If you don't stop when a police officer attempts to pull your vehicle over, you are not charged with a felony crime if you are in Alabama.

You are charged with a felony crime if you are in every other state but two.

It is time for that to be the case here.

In two separate incidents last month in Birmingham and Mobile, police pursuits of drivers who failed to stop resulted in two deaths and several injuries.

Two years ago in Montgomery, officer Keith Houts was shot and killed when he pulled over a driver who eluded demands to stop.

Current Alabama law makes it an unclassified misdemeanor for failing to stop.

A bill named the "Officer Keith E. Houts Act" making it a felony to run from an officer passed the House Judiciary Committee last year but didn't make it to the floor of the House for a full vote.

We encourage lawmakers to pass the bill this year.

Officer Houts' widow says her husband thought people who ran from the law should get more than a slap on the wrist.

We agree.