Trooper Cunniff, 35, died on December 17, 2013, as a result of injuries he received a day prior when his patrol car was struck by a tractor trailer.
Trooper Cunniff had made a traffic stop on the New York State Thruway in the City of Amsterdam. While he was in the process of issuing a traffic summons, a tractor trailer veered off the roadway and struck his patrol car as well as the vehicle he had stopped.
Eight European countries are now requiring drivers to create a “safety corridor” to allow emergency vehicles swift access to trapped and injured people at crash scenes on congested roads. This methodology could be a life-saver here in the USA, too.
The original “Three E’s” of road safety* are still perfectly valid, even though more categories have now been added, but one of the originals — Enforcement — is my own career background and is therefore of particular interest and importance to me.