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  • NJ A4452
  • 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 as "Michael Massey's Law," requires sanitation vehicles to display flashing amber warning lights and requires motorists approaching stationary sanitation vehicles with flashing lights to change lanes, if possible, or reduce speed. This bill requires sanitation vehicles to 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. Under section 1 of P.L.2009, c.5 (C.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 expands the move-over requirement to include sanitation vehicles displaying flashing amber warning lights. Specifically, the bill requires a motor vehicle operator to approach a stationary sanitation vehicle with due caution and, absent any other direction by a law enforcement officer, make a lane change into a lane not adjacent to the sanitation vehicle. If a lane change would be impossible, prohibited by law, or unsafe, the operator is required to decelerate and be prepared to stop. 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, Substituted by another Bill, Transportation and Independent Authorities
Substituted by S518  (on 3/16/2017)
Date Chamber Action Description
3/16/2017 A Substituted by S518
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 )
1/10/2017 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 3/6/2017 Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee: Reported Favorably 12 0 1