Waste Management, WCSO promote 'move over' law

Special to The Sun

Waste Management teamed up with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office to showcase an official Waste Management truck and help bring awareness to Florida’s new “Move Over” law.

Governor Rick Scott recently signed House Bill 7005 into law, which includes a section that adds sanitation and utility vehicles to the existing “Move Over Act” which went into effect July 1.

“Our drivers — and all of our employees — rank among the safest in the industry because safety is one of our core values,” said Lynn Yort, Waste Management public sector solutions representative. “We applaud Governor Scott and the Florida legislature for taking action that will help protect our employees and all sanitation and utility workers while doing their jobs.”

“This is a very important piece of legislation that not only protects our first responders but our utility and sanitation workers,” said Sheriff Mike Adkinson. “The ‘Move Over’ law is designed so these individuals can effectively and safely do their jobs while on the roadway.”

Waste Management has 1,200 vehicles on the road in Florida and, according to the National Waste and Recycling Association a leading cause of death for waste and recycling collection employees nationwide is being struck by motorists.