The Madison County Sheriff's Office is urging drivers to move over and slow down when encountering an emergency vehicle.

Beginning January 1st, the Ambrose-Searles "Move Over Act" takes effect. The law protects officers and emergency workers stopped along roadways by requiring drivers to slow down and move to the other lane.

Breaking the new law will get you a $275 fine and two points on your driver's license record.

The Ambrose-Searles "Move Over Act" is named in honor of State Trooper Robert Ambrose and Onondaga County Sheriff Deputy Glenn Searles who were both killed while their patrol cars were stopped on the side of the road.

There have been 160 law enforcement officers killed by being struck by cars on highways  in the United States since 1999, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.