EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – The Atlantic County Utilities Authority is bringing attention to the significant safety risks faced by waste and recycling workers while performing collections on the road. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, trash and recycling collection is the sixth most dangerous job in the United States. Distracted driving and speeding can lead to severe or fatal injuries.
ACUA is bringing awareness to the important role every individual plays in ensuring the safety of their collections employees by promoting New Jersey’s “Move Over Law.” The law is aimed at protecting emergency responders and service workers operating along roadways.
Under the Move Over Law, drivers are required to move over one lane when approaching stationary emergency vehicles or service trucks, such as those operated by ACUA. When passing a service vehicle with flashing lights on the side of the road, drivers should always slow down below the posted speed limit. Violations of this law may result in fines up to $500.
“Our team works diligently to keep our communities clean, and their safety is of the utmost importance,” ACUA President Matthew DeNafo said in a release. “By following the Move Over Law and slowing down when approaching a trash or recycling service truck, drivers can actively participate in making sure our crews return safely to their families each night.”
ACUA calls on the community to do their part in creating safer road conditions for trash and recycling collection crews. Move over and slow down to get around – a small gesture that can make a significant impact on the safety and well-being of of those working to keep our communities clean.