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Governor Signs ‘Michael Massey’s Law’

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Legislation sponsored by Sen. Jennifer Beck Expands “Move Over Law” to Sanitation Vehicles

Governor Christie today signed “Michael Massey’s Law.” Sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck, the law is named for a 39-year-old Freehold man who was tragically killed when he was hit by a car while loading a sanitation vehicle as part of his public works duties in Ocean Township.

“Michael Massey’s Law” was signed by Gov. Christie on May 1, 2017. Sponsored by Sen. Jennifer Beck, the law expands the Move Over Law to sanitation vehicles. (Clayton & McGirr Funeral Home)

“Michael Massey’s tragic death was preventable. He was a loving husband and a father of two young children who lost his life because of a driver who chose to speed past a sanitation vehicle,” Senator Beck said. “Because of the Move Over Law, we know to slow down and change lanes when we see a police car or ambulance. Michael Massey’s Law cannot alter the great loss his family has experienced, but I am hopeful that it will be just as successful at saving lives.”

“Michael Massey’s Law” (S-518/A-4452) expands the “Move Over Law” to include sanitation vehicles. The bill would require motorists approaching sanitation vehicles, if possible, to; reduce speed to less than the posted speed limit, be prepared to stop and make a lawful lane change to at least one lane away from the sanitation vehicle. Violators would face a maximum $500 fine.

Senator Beck first introduced “Michael Massey’s Law in 2013. Her efforts echo a national movement to institute protections for sanitation workers nationwide. The National Waste & Recycling Association recently announced that they are currently working with state legislators across the United States to implement legislation similar to Beck’s “Michael Massey’s Law.”

“We introduced Michael Massey’s Law shortly after his untimely death because we knew that we owed to his family, and every sanitation worker out on the road right now, to do more to slow down traffic in order to reduce injuries and fatalities on the job,” Senator Beck said. “Now there is a national movement to introduce similar legislation that protects workers like Michael. I am grateful to the Massey family for their support of our efforts to get this lifesaving bill signed into law.”

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