LaRose Bill to Help Protect Sanitation Workers Heads to Governor
COLUMBUS—State Senator Frank LaRose (R-Hudson) today joined Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) as he signed Senate Bill 127, which requires drivers to take certain precautions when approaching a parked waste collection vehicle on Ohio’s roadways.
Ohio currently offers move over protection to emergency, road safety, tow trucks, power, phone, gas and other utility company vehicles.
“Without question, sanitation workers spend as much, if not more, time on roadways than any other profession currently protected by Ohio law,” said LaRose. “These hardworking men and women perform an essential job for Ohio; we need to ensure we are doing everything we can to keep them safe.”
Between 2000 and 2009 motor vehicle accidents were the number one cause of death for sanitation workers, because of this, the National Waste & Recycling Association began the “Slow Down To Get Around” campaign in 2004. The intention was to inform the public about sanitation worker safety with the hope that drivers would begin taking caution when approaching a sanitation vehicle. The number of fatalities began to reduce dramatically soon after this awareness campaign. Unfortunately, in 2010 the number of sanitation workers killed on roadways began to climb, in part due to an increased number of distracted drivers.
Joining Senator LaRose today was James Proffitt, Safety Ambassador for the Solid Waste Association of North America, Ken Lawson, former refuse truck driver and Bruce Schmucker, Vice Chairman of the National Waste and Recycling Association.
“It was important to be proactive in making this necessary change before another tragedy occurred,” LaRose added.
LaRose partnered with industry experts and public safety officials to usher this change through the legislature. Senate Bill 127 faced no opposition while receiving bipartisan support and will now go to the Governor for further consideration.
From a press release originally posted on OhioSenate.gov/LaRose