The bill, referred to as “Michael Massey’s Law”, follows the death of Freehold resident Michael Massey, an Ocean Township public works employee who was killed in a 2013 motor vehicle crash while working.

The law requires motorists to reduce their speed and change lanes when approaching authorized vehicles. The law also requires sanitation vehicles to display flashing amber warning lights while stopped on a street and while engaged in the collection of garbage or while moving between stops at a speed of 10 miles per hour or less.

To date, the law authorized sanitation vehicles to use flashing lights, but did not require motorists to slow down or move over to get around such vehicles, as law requires for emergency vehicles (e.g., police cars, ambulances, etc.).

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