Fallen Minn. Trooper Behind 'Move Over Law' Remembered
State Patrol Corporal Ted Foss was hit and killed by a tractor trailer.
Photo: Minnesota State Patrol
The Minnesota State Patrol is remembering one of their own, who in his passing, led to safer roads for law enforcement officers.
State Patrol Corporal Ted Foss was hit and killed by a tractor trailer during a traffic stop on I-90 in Rochester on Aug. 31, 2000. The truck driver was charged with eight misdemeanor counts, including reckless and inattentive driving.
Corporal Foss served with the Minnesota State Patrol for 15 years. He left behind his wife, 2-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son.
The section of roadway where Corporal Foss was hit was renamed the State Trooper Theodore 'Ted' Foss Memorial Highway. Later, the Minnesota Legislature passed the Ted Foss Move Over Law.
The law requires vehicles to move over when passing an emergency or construction vehicle that is stopped on the roadway. The State Patrol is asking everyone to pay attention and move over. Those who don't could be fined more than $100.
Extra patrols are on roadways statewide Saturday to enforce the move over law. In addition, authorities are running a statewide crackdown on drunken driving through Labor Day.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.