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  • NJ S518
  • Requires sanitation vehicles display flashing lights in certain circumstances and imposes conditions on drivers approaching sanitation vehicles displaying flashing lights; designated as "Michael Massey's Law."
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill, designated "Michael Massey's Law," would require sanitation vehicles to display flashing amber warning lights and require motorists approaching stationary sanitation vehicles with flashing lights to change lanes, if possible, or reduce speed. Under P.L.2009, c.5 (N.J.S.A.39:4-92.2), commonly known as the "move over law," motor vehicle operators are required to reduce the speed of their vehicles and change lanes when approaching an authorized emergency vehicle, tow truck, or highway maintenance or emergency service vehicle that is displaying certain flashing, blinking, or alternating emergency lights. A violation of this law is punishable by a fine of $100 to $500. This bill would expand the move-over requirement to include sanitation vehicles displaying flashing amber warning lights. Specifically, the bill would require the operator of a motor vehicle approaching a stationary sanitation vehicle to approach the vehicle with due caution and, absent any other direction by a law enforcement officer, make a lane change into a lane not adjacent to sanitation vehicle if possible in the existing safety and traffic conditions. If a lane change would be impossible, prohibited by law or unsafe, the operator is to reduce the speed of the motor vehicle to a reasonable and proper speed for the existing road and traffic conditions, which must be less than the posted speed limit, and be prepared to stop. Additionally, the bill would provide that sanitation vehicles must display flashing amber warning lights while stopped upon a street and while engaged in the collection of garbage, solid wastes, and refuse or while moving between stops at a speed not greater than 10 miles per hour. Current law authorizes sanitation vehicles to use flashing lights but does not require this safety provision. The bill's title is in honor of Michael Massey, a resident of Freehold Township and a public works employee with Ocean Township, who was killed in a motor vehicle crash while working, on May 30, 2013.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, 2nd Reading in the Senate, Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the Governor, Law and Public Safety, Passed both Houses, Passed Senate, Transportation and Independent Authorities
Approved P.L.2017, c.43.  (on 5/1/2017)
Date Chamber Action Description
5/1/2017 A Approved P.L.2017, c.43.
3/16/2017 A Passed Assembly (Passed Both Houses) (74-0-0)
3/16/2017 A Substituted for A4452
3/6/2017 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
3/6/2017 Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Hearing (19:00 3/6/2017 )
11/14/2016 A Received in the Assembly, Referred to Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee
11/14/2016 S Passed by the Senate (35-1)
9/29/2016 S Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading
9/29/2016 Senate Law and Public Safety Hearing (10:30 9/29/2016 Committee Room 10, 3rd Floor)
1/12/2016 S Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Law and Public Safety Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 3/16/2017 Assembly Floor: Substitute For A4452 (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 3/16/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 74 0 6
Detail 3/6/2017 Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee: Reported Favorably 12 0 1
Detail 11/14/2016 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 35 1 4
Detail 9/29/2016 Senate Law and Public Safety Committee: Reported Favorably 5 0 0