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Slow Down to Get Around law goes into effect Nov. 1

Released:Oct 26, 2016

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(STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA / Oct. 26, 2016) – The City of Stillwater reminds residents that the State of Oklahoma begins enforcing legislation requiring motorists to slow down around garbage trucks or safely change lanes Monday, Nov. 1.

Gov. Mary Fallin signed the new law April 26, 2016. Law enforcement could cite motorists for violating the new law.

“We hope to increase the safety of refuse and recycling collectors in the community,” City Manager Norman McNickle said. “Motorists must slow down to get around waste and recycling vehicles, which will prevent potential injuries.”
 
Recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics found  waste and recycling collection is the fifth most dangerous profession in America in terms of fatalities and injuries.
 
One-third of people who encounter a waste truck on the road each week slow down near them, while nearly 40 percent are tempted to speed around them, according to a 2014 Harris poll commissioned by the National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA). The same survey also found the public supports Slow Down to Get Around legislation after learning the rates of accidents and injuries waste and recycling collectors face.
 
Oklahoma is now the 11th state to enact Slow Down to Get Around legislation.

The City of Stillwater encourages all motorists to be aware of the dangers facing refuse collectors and exercise caution even before the law goes into effect. The City is asking the media, public safety agencies and community leaders to help raise awareness of the new law.
 
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