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New KY law to notify parents of children's traffic violations

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville teen killed in a high speed crash only one month after receiving a speeding ticket is getting a Kentucky law in his name.

17-year-old Denzel Steward was killed on June 21, 2009 in a high speed crash on Bardstown Road. According to his mother, Shawn Steward, only a month earlier Denzel received a speeding ticket for traveling over 100 miles per hour. A ticket he kept as a secret from his parents.

Since his death, Denzel's parents have pushed for a law that will require parents to be notified when their minor child receives a traffic violation. Their hard work is paying off, as the Denzel Steward Act is set to become law this July.

Two months after signing House bill 90 into law, Governor Steve Beshear will ceremoniously sign the bill in front of Steward's family and the bill's supporters Tuesday.

Steward's mother says she is proud to see her son's name on a law she believes will save lives.

"Some teens think they're invincible and try to hide things from their parents," said Steward. "With this bill, they're going to know what their child is doing."

Steward and he ex-husband said if they would have known about the ticket, their son never would have been driving the night he died.

"If I would have known about the ticket, I would have revoked his license, he wouldn't have been driving, and he wouldn't have been driving," said Steward.

Ultimately, Steward hopes the new law will save parents from the heartache she still suffers.

"I don't want any parent to go through this. It takes a toll on you, it really does," she said. "Every day I think about it."

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