Trooper Dobson Remembered

March 26, 2012 Updated Mar 26, 2012 at 4:22 PM EDT

By WKBW News

March 26, 2012 Updated Mar 26, 2012 at 4:22 PM EDT

Clarence, N.Y. (WKBW) - It has been a year since State Trooper Kevin Dobson died in the line of duty, writing a traffic ticket on the I-290. Now, his memory lives on.

State troopers, family and friends gathered in Clarence to honor fallen trooper Dobson Monday. They said he didn't die in vain.

"It's not easy at all to deal with, but it's good to know that his death made an impact," Daughter Jamie Dobson said.

Troopers said Dobson's death made drivers more aware of the "move over" law, and people are following the rules.

"We've noticed, both of us driving, you check in your rear mirror and see a trooper pulled over and you see drivers slow down or move over," Bridget Hastings said.

Sergeant David Martek said although ticket distribution numbers will be about the same as last year, more people are doing their part.

"In 2011, State Police issued 2700 tickets. This year, 827. If you project that out it will be the same. We like to educate the public and not write tickets, but we do because it is necessary," Martek said.

Troopers now wear a pin to remember Dobson. They've also hung a memorial sign at the sight of his death, and in the trooper barracks.

One tradition that has his family was overwhelmed with was the naming of a police K-9 after their fallen hero. "Dobber" the Doberman is the newest member of the team. He has been training for nearly seven months to make the community a better place. Dobber's handler, Trooper Sean Pierce, said it is an honor to work with the dog.

"All the dogs are named after fallen troopers. This dog is very special, and means a lot to me," Pierce said.

The cell phone and texting while driving laws are also being strictly enforced because of Dobson's death.

"Since the new law went into law January 1st, it has allowed us to write more tickets," Martek said.

Troopers said it is a tragedy that has turned into triumph because the roads are becoming a safer place.