Slow Down to Get Around Becomes Law in Oklahoma

The City of Muskogee Public Works department would like to advise motorists of a new law “Slow Down to Get Around," that went into effect November 1, 2016 requiring motorists to slow down around waste trucks or change lanes when it can be done safely. 

 Bureau of Labor Statistics found that waste and recycling collection is the fifth most dangerous occupation in America in terms of injuries and fatalities.  Oklahoma is the most recent state to enact “Slow Down to Get Around” legislation and joined 10 other states, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indian, Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina, Virginia, Wisconsin and West Virginia. 

 “This law is about the safety of waste collectors who serve our community, “said Mike Stewart, City of Muskogee Assistant City Manager.  “This law will save lives, prevent worker injuries, and make the roads in our community safer.” 

Drivers caught passing a garbage truck without slowing down and using an open lane could face a $2,000 fine and up to 6 months in jail.

This state law applies to all roads—including neighborhood side streets.

For more information, call the Public Works office at 918-684-6333.