Fallen Va. state trooper remembered, honored

Posted at 1:48 PM, Oct 03, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-03 16:25:55-04

CAROLINE COUNTY, Va (WTVR) -- A tribute and plaque dedication was held to honor the Virginia State Trooper killed while directing traffic near the State Fair of Virginia last year.

Trooper Andrew Fox's father, David Fox was joined by dozens of other troopers to pay tribute to a life cut short so early.

David Fox told CBS 6 reporter Jerrita Patterson today's ceremony was also was a chance to highlight the importance of obeying the state's Slow Down,  Move Over Law.  The law states, when you see "stationary emergency vehicles" along the side of the road you are required to move over if possible.  If you are unable to get over, you must reduce your speed.

Trooper Fox was run over on Oct. 5, 2012, while he was directing traffic for those leaving the Kings Dominion theme park and the State Fair.  The driver of an SUV caused the 27-year-old trooper to sustain fatal injuries.

At this time, David Fox said he is also pushing for "Andrew's Law," which if passed could result in drivers facing a felony charge if they are caught not obeying the Slow Down Move Over Law.

As it stands currently the first time a driver is caught not moving over, the motorists can be ticketed.  The second time the law is violated the driver could then face a misdemeanor.

The two plaques in memory of Trooper Fox will be mounted both inside and outside the Public Operations Center at The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County.