In July 2015, former Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed House Bill 1305 (also known as Slow Down to Get Around) into law to protect waste and recycling collection workers on the state’s roadways, joining eight other states at the time with similar laws. Currently, 21 states have enacted Slow Down to Get Around legislation.
On October 20, 2018, at 9 a.m. ET, the public is welcome to come out and “touch a truck” at the Indiana State Fairgrounds (38th Street South of Main Entrance). National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) members will have trucks on display and will be joined by Indiana Towing and Wrecker Association, the Indiana Department of Transportation, Indiana State Police, Indiana Energy Association, Indiana Constructors Inc., Indiana Broadband and Technology Association, Indiana Sheriffs’ Association, Indiana Firefighters’ Association, Indiana State Fraternal Order of Police, Road Construction Awareness Corporation and the Indiana Motor Truck Association
That day, Indiana Gov. Eric J. Holcomb will sign a proclamation highlighting the law that requires motorists to slow down and safely move over when approaching certain vehicles on the roadway.
“Driving safely should be a top priority for anyone getting behind the wheel of a vehicle,” said Darrell Smith, president and CEO of NWRA, in a statement. “We all want to safely get home to our families. Slow Down to Get Around laws carry an important message—take your time and slow down around garbage trucks. We thank Gov. Holcomb for issuing the proclamation and reminding motorists to slow down when approaching waste collection workers.”
NWRA member companies provide advanced safety training for drivers and those who hop off the trucks to make collections. But, drivers who are distracted—or just going too fast—are a major hazard for waste collection workers.