You may have seen the City of Flagstaff Solid Waste vehicles driving around town with the new "Slow Down to Get Around" stickers on the back of their trucks, and wondered what it all means?
When it comes to worker traffic safety, our thoughts immediately turn towards roadside construction crews. But there is another type of work zone in every neighborhood that requires the same caution - the curbside area near waste and recycling bins. "Slow Down to Get Around" is a national safety campaign to remind motorists to drive carefully near waste and recycling collection vehicles.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, refuse and recyclable material collectors had the fifth most dangerous job in the US, recording 31 fatalities in 2016. In 2018 alone, there have been 17 fatalities in the industry.
While driving, please remember the following:
Treat sanitation and recycling trucks like other official service vehicles by slowing down and approaching cautiously
Since it takes sanitation and recycling trucks more time than passenger cars to stop, keep a safe distance
Avoid touching, approaching or standing near the trucks, as there are many moving parts and the truck could begin moving at any time
Keep children and pets at a safe distance from the trucks and curbside bins
Teach teen drivers by example. Demonstrate patience when driving near sanitation and recycling trucks.
Avoid being distracted
Before attempting to pass a sanitation or recycling truck, approach slowly, check for traffic approaching from the opposite direction and be mindful of the driver's whereabouts
Following these guidelines can help make our neighborhoods safer for both you and our City workers.
This campaign works in coordination with the Arizona & National Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America