Hoosier Chapter of SWANA at Indiana State Fairgrounds to Raise Awareness

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb is set to sign a proclamation designating Oct. 13-19 as Indiana Move Over Awareness Week.  The Hoosier Chapter will cap the week by participating in Indiana Move Over Day 2019.  Join us as we work to raise awareness about Indiana’s Move Over Law, and the protections it provides to all vocational vehicles working with amber flashing lights along Indiana’s roads.  There will be a Touch-A-Truck event across from the Indiana State Fairgrounds between 9:00 and 11:30 am on October 19, 2019.  Contact the Hoosier Chapter if you would like to include a vehicle from your fleet in the event.

A somber reminder about the importance of the Indiana Move Over Law:

In Nashville, Indiana on Tuesday, October 8th around 9 a.m. a car crashed into a private sector garbage truck stopped for collection on the side of State Road 46 East near the intersection with SR 135 S. Two passengers in the car were killed, a 19-year-old male and a 21-year-old male. The 51-year-old female driver of the car was airlifted to Indianapolis for treatment. There is no report of injury of anyone in the garbage truck. We have learned that the company involved was Knight’s Trash Removal.  Further details are available via the link below. This crash took place only a couple of miles from where the Chapter had its Fall Technical Conference the week before. This is the 3rd and 4th solid waste-related fatalities to occur in Indiana this year.

Garbage collectors continue to have one of the most dangerous jobs in the nation, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics — with a higher rate of fatal injury than even police officers and steelworkers.

In 2015, Indiana’s Slow Down to Get Around Law took effect.  The law requires drivers to change lanes or slow down to pass collection vehicles stopped on roadways that have flashing, oscillating or rotating lights.  Waste and recycling trucks are classified as utility service vehicles, when motorists encounter them on the road, they should change lanes away from the vehicle if they can do so safely. If not, they should reduce their speed 10 mph under the posted speed limit and proceed with caution

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