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Sheriff supports new Move Over Act

Cutting said the act also extends to two-lane state and county routes.

"On two-lane highways, there is not enough room to give as much space," Cutting said. "It requires much more caution and drivers need to slow down and give as much space as required, acknowledge the officer is there and try to protect them."

Cutting said every driver is responsible for the safety of those around them on the roadways, including their own.

"We have a rabbi that comes to the jail that has always said that whether it is the driver or the police officer, you have people who are awaiting your safe return at home," he said.

New York State passed the Ambrose-Searles Move Over Act on Dec. 22. Failure to abide by the law could result in fines up to $150 and a state surcharge of $85.

Deputy Loiselle was struck and killed by a tractor trailer while conducting a traffic stop on the Northway in the town of Moriah at 1 a.m. in the morning of Aug. 17, 2005.

Loiselle was speaking with the driver of the vehicle he had stopped when the tractor trailer veered onto the shoulder, struck his patrol car, and then the vehicle he had pulled over. Loiselle attempted to jump to safety but was killed.

The driver of the tractor trailer was arrested and charged with reckless driving, unsafe lane change, speeding, and several other traffic violations. On Oct. 3, 2006, he pleaded guilty to the misdemeanors of reckless driving, keeping a false logbook, driving on the shoulder of the road, failure to reduce speed for an emergency vehicle, and moving from a lane unsafely.

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