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New York Bill Aimed at Protecting Law Officers During Highway Stops

April 19, 2007

ALBANY, N.Y. --- New York state senators have approved a bill that seeks to better protect law enforcement and emergency workers while their vehicles are stopped along the highway. The legislation is now under consideration in the Assembly.Named after two fallen law enforcement officers, the Ambrose-Searles Move Over Act would require drivers to move over or slow down when approaching a parked authorized emergency vehicle with its emergency lights flashing. According to a report by, Onondaga County Deputy Sheriff Glenn Searles was struck and killed by a vehicle back in 2003 while he was assisting a stranded motorist on Route 481. The bill is also named for Trooper Robert Ambrose, who was killed by a drunk driver in 2002 during a traffic stop on the New York State Thruway in Yonkers.The bill, introduced by Senator John DeFrancisco, calls for penalties of up to $400 and a jail sentence of up to 30 days.
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