MN patrol honors memory of trooper killed in Winona with extra enforcement

By: Andrew Fefer and AP Email
By: Andrew Fefer and AP Email

WINONA, Minn. (AP) -- Authorities across Minnesota will step up enforcement of Minnesota's "move over" law this weekend.

Sunday marks the 14th anniversary of the death of Trooper Ted Foss of Winona. Foss was making a traffic stop on Interstate 90 when he was hit by a passing vehicle and killed on Aug. 31, 2000.

The Minnesota State Patrol and local law enforcement will hold daylong saturation patrols on state highways Sunday.

The patrols will remind motorists of the Ted Foss Move Over Law, which the Legislature enacted in Foss' honor.

The law means if there are two or more lanes, motorists must move one full lane away from a stopped emergency vehicle with flashing lights. Motorists must slow down if they can't safely move over. Those who don't could be fined over $100.
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ROCHESTER, Minn. (SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA TOWARD ZERO DEATHS NEWS RELEASE) -- Flashing lights mean “move over” in Minnesota — it’s the law. Sunday, August 31, the Minnesota State Patrol and several agencies statewide will increase patrols to enforce the state’s “Ted Foss Move Over” law. The effort marks the 14-year anniversary of the death of State Patrol Trooper Foss, who was killed by a passing vehicle as he was conducting a traffic stop on the shoulder of Interstate 90 in Winona.

“We are calling on the motoring public to be our partners to keep our roads safe,” says Sgt. Troy Christianson of the Minnesota State Patrol. “For law enforcement, emergency responders and road crews, the highway is our office, and we need a safe environment to work. Move over for flashing lights.”

Minnesota’s “Ted Foss Move Over” law means:

• If you are traveling on a roadway with two or more lanes, you must keep a full lane away when passing a stopped ambulance, fire truck, law enforcement vehicle, and emergency maintenance and construction vehicles that have flashing lights activated.
• If you are not able to safely move a lane away, reduce your speed.
• If you fail to take these actions, you could receive a citation.
• Ignoring this law endangers the personnel who provide critical and life-saving services.

During the last five years (2010-current), the State Patrol cited 4,380 motorists for Ted Foss Move Over violations, while at least 114 trooper vehicles were hit and 25 troopers were injured.

The Ted Foss Move Over law enforcement effort is a component of the state’s core traffic safety initiative, Toward Zero Deaths. TZD focuses on the application of four strategic areas to reduce crashes — education, enforcement, engineering and emergency trauma response. The goal of the program is 350 or fewer deaths by the end of 2014. As of August 27, 2014, the state has recorded 219 traffic deaths compared to 229 at this time last year.


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