Proposal to Shield Sanitation Workers in Traffic

Posted Friday, March 29, 2013 --- 1:43 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- In Wisconsin, drivers who cut around stopped garbage trucks might soon risk the same penalties as if they did it to a stopped school bus.

A proposal in the Wisconsin Legislature would add sanitation truck workers to a statute that calls for double penalties when drivers violate state and local traffic laws where the workers are present.

Rep. John Jagler, a Republican from Watertown, says he came up with the proposal after a sanitation worker from his district was badly injured by a driver in January.

Between four and eight sanitation workers are killed by cars each year while on the job, according to the National Solid Wastes Management Association. Michigan is the only state with a law like the one Jagler is proposing.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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