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Penalties for speeding around sanitation workers to be implemented

Legislation was introduced in Madison lately by State representative John Jagler and State Senator Paul Farrow that encourages Wisconsin drivers to slow down around garbage trucks. The legislation is intended to lessen fines for speeding violations and reckless driving committed around the presence of sanitation workers.

The National Solid Wastes Management Association (NSWMA) of Wisconsin, which represents the solid waste and recycling industry in the private-sector, are fully supportive of Assemblyman Jagler’s Bill 159 and Senator Farrow’s companion bill.

The legislation was encouraged by an incident that occurred in Stoughton, Wisconsin on January 5, 2012 wherein 36-year-old sanitation worker Mark Friend was pinned between his garbage truck and a car that had been speeding for an hour that morning.  For two weeks, Friend was comatose and his left leg had to be amputated.

NWSMA president and CEO Sharon H. Kneiss said that driving safely should be the top priority for everyone.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding is a factor in about one third of fatal motor vehicle accidents. If you or your loved ones have experienced an accident due to a speeding driver, let the attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® evaluate your situation and potentially help you pursue the full compensation you need by calling 800-242-2874.

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