Governor Walker signing the "Slow Down to Get Around" bill into law
Watertown – Today Governor Scott Walker signed legislation authored by State Representative John Jagler (R-Watertown) and State Senator Paul Farrow (R-Pewaukee) that increases penalties for reckless driving around sanitation workers.
There was a good crowd in attendance at the Marine Corps League Aero Park in Watertown for the signing of the “Slow Down to Get Around” bill, which doubles the minimum and maximum forfeitures for certain speeding and reckless driving violations committed in areas where sanitation workers are at risk. Jagler authored the bill following an accident involving one of his constituents who was pinned between a vehicle and his garbage truck while emptying a trash container.
"Wisconsin’s sanitation workers are subject to the same risks as highway construction and maintenance workers, yet they did not have the same protection under the law. Now, they do," said Governor Walker. "Hopefully, drivers across the state will recognize the risks posed to sanitation workers and slow down to protect them and prevent accidents. I thank Senator Paul Farrow and Representative John Jagler for their leadership on this bill."
“This is the least that we can do to protect sanitation workers who have far too many close calls with reckless drivers,” Jagler said. “I was thrilled to see this bipartisan legislation signed into law today.”
The legislation passed in the Senate with a 32 – 0 vote and the Assembly concurred with a voice vote.