The Maryland House of Delegates and the state Senate have passed House Bill 531 and Senate Bill 445, legislation that would require drivers to slow down and safely change lanes when approaching certain vehicles from behind. This legislation, commonly known as Slow Down to Get Around (SDTGA), is a priority for the National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA), Arlington, Virginia.
“Over the past three years, NWRA and its chapters nationwide have successfully championed ‘Slow Down to Get Around’ legislation, which is now the law in 16 states, including Virginia and West Virginia, and under consideration in several more,” says NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith. “We are pleased that Maryland lawmakers supported our initiative to make the roads and streets safer for workers.”
NWRA member companies and a coalition of supporters testified in support of House Bill (HB) 531.
The law requires motorists to:
- proceed with caution and yield the right-of-way, if possible with due regard to safety and traffic conditions, by entering a lane not adjacent to that of the stationary vehicle if on a roadway having at least four lanes with not less than two lanes proceeding in the same direction as the approaching vehicle; or
- proceed with due caution and reduce the speed of the vehicle, maintaining a safe speed for road conditions, if changing lanes would be unsafe or impossible.
The legislation now goes to Gov. Larry Hogan for his signature.