Pedal Off the Metal

The National Solid Wastes Management Association (NSWMA), Washington, launched a radio campaign in January urging motorists to drive defensively near garbage trucks and avoid hitting sanitation workers.

The “Slow Down to Get Around” campaign will last three weeks and take place in 10 cities, including Allentown, Pa., Austin, Texas, Birmingham, Ala., Dayton, Ohio, Grand Rapids, Mich., Greenville, S.C., Louisville, Ky., Raleigh, N.C., Richmond, Va., and Washington.

The ads will air during the morning drive between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. “A substantial number of struck-by accidents in which a motorist runs into a garbage collector take place during the morning commute hours, when motorists are often rushing to work or bringing children to school,” said David Biderman, general counsel for NSWMA, in a press release. The radio ad also can be heard at