After being contacted by a company from eastern Ohio, State Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) has introduced legislation that will help ensure the safety of Ohio’s sanitation workers.  


According to information shared with Rep. Cera, deaths by motor vehicle accidents are the number one cause of fatalities for sanitation workers. It is believed that this is due to distracted driving. 


“Many times this type of legislation is adopted upon the heels of tragic loss. I am hopeful that Ohio can be proactive and move forward with legislation before such a tragedy occurs,” said Rep. Cera.


The recently introduced legislation, House Bill 619, adds waste collection vehicles to Ohio’s Move Over Act, which requires drivers to move over a lane or slow down when approaching any vehicle with flashing lights on the side of the road, including emergency vehicles, road construction vehicles and tow operators. Should HB 619 be enacted, drivers approaching a sanitation truck will be required to take the same action.

 
 
 
  
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