TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) - New York State Police Troopers say Saturday's incident is the unfortunate example of why the new Move-Over Law is necessary.
Captain Steven Nigrelli said, "This is exactly, exactly why the state legislators enacted that law. Whether it had a role in this case or not, New York State citizens, leave and vacate that lane when you see red lights."
"Although the job is inherently dangerous, there is a lot going on for that trooper at that traffic stop that people have to consider," added Major Christopher Cummings.
New York State Police Troopers have a definitive tone in their voice when talking about Section 11-44-A, better known as the Move-Over Law; which requires drivers to move into the left lane when first responders' or police officers' lights are flashing.
Troopers also say they will now take to heart anytime they enforce that very law.
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Capt. Nigrelli said,"Tragedies like this could be prevented. And you will see members of New York State Police and members of Zone 2 out enforcing that law."
New York State Police Troopers have been cracking down on the Move-Over Law. In fact, since the law went into effect on New Year's Day, Troop A says they've cited more than 70 drivers for the offense.
"And now, unfortunately, like Trooper Ambrose who was killed years ago and who this law is named after, we now have a local face, we have Dobber's face when we go enforce that law. And maybe the public, when thinking of Trooper Dobson will think of him next time they see a red light on the side of the road. And they will think, maybe I better get over. Because not only is it against, the law, it saves lives," added Capt. Nigrelli.
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