NWRA Supports Legislation to Increase Awareness of “Move Over” Laws

NWRA Supports Legislation to Increase Awareness of “Move Over” Laws

Arlington, VA – The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) announces its support for the Protect First Responders Act, legislation introduced by Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) aimed at reducing roadside deaths and establishing a public safety program to raise awareness of “Move Over” laws.

“We commend Senator Durbin and Congresswoman Bustos for taking strong action to reduce roadside deaths and educate the motoring public about ‘Move Over’ laws. The laws that exist in every state need to be expanded and consistent so that every driver knows they need to slow down and go around emergency vehicles, service vehicles and waste and recycling vehicles. NWRA looks forward to working with the senator and congresswoman on this important, non-partisan legislation,” said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith.

Despite having these laws, unfortunately first responders, tow truck operators and waste collection workers continue to be killed as they conduct business. All 50 states, with the exception of the District of Columbia, have protections in place for emergency personnel, and only 30 states have laws that include waste and recycling workers.


The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) represents the private sector waste and recycling services industry. Association members conduct business in all 50 states and include companies that manage waste, recycling and medical waste, equipment manufacturers and distributors, and a variety of other service providers. For more information about NWRA, please visit www.wasterecycling.org.

Brandon Wright
National Waste and Recycling Association