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UPDATE: Wis. Senate OKs Sanitation Worker Safety Bill

UPDATED Tuesday, May 7, 2013 --- 11:27 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Senate has approved a bill designed to protect sanitation workers from reckless drivers who go around garbage trucks.

The measure would double fines for motorists who drive recklessly around sanitation workers. The Senate approved it on a 32-1 vote Tuesday. The Assembly also was expected to vote on the proposal Tuesday.

Republican Rep. John Jagler introduced the bill after a worker from his district was severely injured in a car crash in January while depositing trash.

The National Solid Wastes Management Association says up to eight collection workers are killed by cars each year.

Nearly all states have laws that require drivers give way or slow down for parked police, fire or emergency vehicles with flashing lights. But only Michigan extends that to garbage trucks.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Tuesday, May 7, 2013 --- 6:40 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Legislature is scheduled to take up a bill designed to protect sanitation workers from reckless drivers who go around stopped garbage trucks.

The bill up for a vote in both the Senate and Assembly would double traffic fines for motorists who drive recklessly around sanitation workers.

Republican sponsor Rep. John Jagler says he introduced the bill after a worker from his district was severely injured in a car crash in January while depositing trash.

The National Solid Wastes Management Association says four to eight collection workers are killed by cars each year while on the job.

Nearly all states have laws that require drivers to give way or slow down for parked police, fire or emergency vehicles with flashing lights. But only Michigan extends that to garbage trucks.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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