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Tragic death emphasizes importance of law

ALBANY -- Troopers remembered the death of Robert Ambrose Thursday, 11 years after he was killed by a drunk driver while doing an accident report on the Thruway near Yonkers. His death helped inspire the states Move Over Law that was passed in 2011.

Most of the danger is coming behind you in the form of an automobile. Maybe you can survive a gunshot, you have a bulletproof vest. It's going to be hard to survive getting hit by a vehicle, a passenger car, let alone a tractor-trailer, said Thomas Mungeer, President of the NYS Troopers Police Benevolent Association.

Trooper David Cunniff was gravely wounded Monday when his patrol car was hit by a truck during a traffic stop.

In this particular case, Trooper Cunniff did everything possible within reason to make that situation as safe as he could, said Daniel Sisto, Second Vice President for the NYSTPBA. You just can't control every variable. Knowing he did everything right highlights why we passed the law.

Since the law was enacted, Department of Motor Vehicles statistics show 3,250 drivers in Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady and Saratoga County have been ticketed for failing to move over.

In 2012, the law was expanded to include construction workers and others using amber lights.

It's immensely helpful to our people. It helps keep them safer and when theyre out there, said Carol Breen with the DOT. Their job is to keep you safe. Theyre helping a motorist or repairing guide rails or patching potholes making the road safer for you.

This year, the DOT says there have been 37 intrusions of a work zone statewide. Twenty of the intrusions involved a vehicle being hit, but did not result in a fatality. Only two of the intrusions occurred in the Capital Region.

 
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