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MN cops press 'move over law' enforcement to honor trooper

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Shirley Foss, left, and daughter Ramona Djerness
Shirley Foss, 88, talked about son Trooper Ted Foss, who died during a traffic stop in 2000, to help raise awareness about the risks law enforcement officers face on Minnesota's highways. Pictured at right is her daughter Ramona Djerness. Foss spoke in Rochester, Minn., on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015.
Elizabeth Baier | MPR News

Police agencies statewide will step up enforcement of the state's "Ted Foss Move Over Law" on Monday to mark the anniversary of Trooper Ted Foss's death.

Foss was killed Aug. 31, 2000, by a passing vehicle as he responded to a crash on the shoulder of Interstate 90 in Winona, Minn.

Keeping her son close
Keeping her son close
Elizabeth Baier | MPR News

His mother, 88-year-old Shirley Foss, says the heartache she felt that day has not diminished.

"My worst fears became a reality," said Foss, who spoke to reporters in Rochester for the first time since her son's death. "I wake up every day thinking Ted will still walk through the door at any moment. And he would be alive today if the driver would have just moved over and let Ted do his job in a safe way."

Under the "Ted Foss Move Over Law," motorists traveling on a road with two or more lanes must move one full lane away from stopped emergency vehicles that have flashing lights activated. Drivers must reduce speed if they are unable to safely move over a lane. Fines can top $100.