This past September New York Governor Andrew Cuomo passed into law Senate Bill 4268, also known as Slow Down to Get Around. The new law requires motorist to slow down and proceed with caution when passing waste and/or recycling vehicles making collections. Drivers who fail to do so could face penalties.
The law was established to help reduce the number of injuries, accidents and fatalities associated with the waste and recycling collection industry. Most recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the waste and recycling collection occupation ranks fifth in the nation for injuries, accidents and fatalities. Other data shows that many accidents involving waste and collection workers are caused by inattentive motorists and distracted driving.
This legislation, which will go into effect this November.
This law is about the safety of waste and recycling collectors who serve our communities statewide,” said Steve Changaris, New York State chapter manager for the National Waste & Recycling Association, in a press release. “Now, all motorists are to exercise caution and must slow down to get around waste and recycling vehicles, which will save lives and prevent unnecessary accidents and injuries. Our focus now turns to raising awareness of the new law and educating New Yorkers of the dangers that collection workers face daily on our roadways.”
Read the full press release on the NWRA's website.