On Monday, May 1, 2017, Governor Chris Christie expanded a pre-existing motor vehicle law to protect sanitation workers.

"Michael Massey's Law" requires drivers to change lanes or slow down on the road when sanitation trucks are near. The "Move over Law" is already in place in all states for police cars, ambulances, and fire trucks. In New Jersey, the "Move Over law" also applies to tow trucks.

Massey, a husband and father of two from Freehold, was killed May 30, 2013 when he was hit by a speeding car while loading a sanitation truck in Ocean Township, New Jersey.

Under "Michael Massey's Law," drivers who approach sanitation trucks are required to decrease their auto's speed to less than the posted speed limit, lawfully move at least one lane over or stop the auto entirely. Violators face fines from $100 to $500.

Sanitation workers must also show their flashing, amber-colored warning lights while they are stopped on a street, as workers collected garbage and while moving between stops at 10 MPH or slower.

The expansion passed at a time when officials with the National Waste and Recycling Association, an organization that represents national private industry waste and recycling companies, said they were working with state legislators across the country to implement laws similar to "Michael Massey's Law."

Nationwide in 2015, 33 employees who dealt with trash and recyclable materials were killed in work-related accidents according to a report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Of the 33 deaths, 24 were from the private sector; 9 were from the public sector. The total number of deaths increased from 2014 when 27 fatalities were reported. In 2014, there were 18 private sector deaths and 9 from the public sector.


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