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Slow Down to Get Around Legislation Moves Forward in Maryland

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If signed into law, Maryland would become the 17th state to adopt the legislation.

The Maryland House of Delegates and the state Senate have approved House Bill 532 and Senate Bill 445, legislation that would require drivers to slow down and safely change lanes when approaching certain vehicles from behind. This legislation, often referred to as Slow Down to Get Around, is a priority for the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA).

“Over the past three years, NWRA and its chapters nationwide have successfully championed ‘Slow Down to Get Around’ legislation, which is now the law in 16 states including Virginia and West Virginia and under consideration in several more. We are pleased that Maryland lawmakers supported our initiative to make the roads and streets safer for workers,” said Darrell Smith, NWRA president and CEO, in a statement.

If signed into law, Maryland would join 16 other states that have enacted the legislation, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Virginia, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

The legislation has been sent to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan for his signature.

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