The State Troopers PBA would like to thank the New York State Senate for passing a version of the “move over” bill that honors Trooper Robert Ambrose, who was killed in the line of duty in December 2002. Trooper Ambrose was parked along the side of the Thruway during a traffic stop when a sport-utility vehicle plowed into the rear of his Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor. The crash caused the patrol car to burst into flames.
Below is an article from the web site of cable News Channel 10 in Syracuse, along with a link to the article.
The New York State Senate has passed a bill in honor of two fallen law enforcement members. If it becomes law, the Ambrose-Searles Move Over Act would create measures that would help to better protect law enforcement and emergency workers whose vehicles are stopped along the state’s roadways and highways.
Onondaga County Deputy Sheriff Glenn Searles was hit and killed by a vehicle while helping a stranded motorist on Route 481 back in 2003. The bill is also named for Trooper Robert Ambrose, who was killed by an intoxicated driver during a traffic stop on the New York State Thruway in Yonkers in 2002.
Senator John DeFrancisco sponsored the act that would require motorists to move over or slow down when approaching a parked authorized emergency vehicle with its emergency lights flashing. Penalties could amount to $400 and up to 30 days in jail.
The bill has now been forwarded to the assembly.