Iowa Enacts Slow Down To Get Around Law

Posted on June 8, 2017

On July 1st, Iowa will be the 14th state to sign into legislation the “Slow Down To Get Around” law.  This law is designed to protect workers in the waste and recycling industry. Motorists are now required by law to slow down to 10 miles under the posted speed limit, change lanes if possible and use caution when approaching waste and recycling equipment. These guidelines are similar when traveling through construction zones.

June 7th, the National Waste & Recycling Association hosted a special press event to commemorate this achievement.  It was held at Waste Management in Des Moines, Iowa. Speakers and proponents of the bill included, Midwest Sanitation CEO, Lyle Vander Meiden, Sparta Waste Systems CEO, Tony Colosimo, Iowa DOT Director of Transportation, Mark Lowe and Waste Management Area Safety Manager, Rick Grochowski. Their message was one to support and alert Iowa motorists of the new law.

Remember, when you are on the road and approaching these types of vehicles, to Slow Down to Get Around or face penalties.