Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz held a ceremonial bill signing on June 11 to celebrate the hard work that went into the passage of HF 1188, legislation that requires motorists to slow down and move over as they approach certain vehicles including waste and recycling collection trucks.
This legislation, commonly known as Slow Down to Get Around (SDTGA), is a priority for the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA), which represents America's private waste and recycling industry.
"Safety for our waste and recycling employees and for the community members we serve in Minnesota is our single highest priority. This bill shines a spotlight on the dedicated workers who are at risk while simply doing their job," said Bill Keegan, president of Dem Con Companies and the Minnesota Chapter chair of NWRA, in a statement.
NWRA member companies have been diligent in providing advanced safety training for drivers and those who hop off the trucks to make collections. But, motorists who are distracted—or just going too fast—are a major hazard for waste collection workers.