Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin ceremonially signed a new law cracking down on reckless driving around waste and recycling vehicles Wed., August 6.
The “Slow Down to Get Around” bill, authored by Sen. Donald Cookman (D-Hampshire) and endorsed by the National Waste & Recycling Association (NW&RA), requires West Virginia drivers to slow down to 15 miles per hour when passing a stopped sanitation truck.
“With the ceremonial signing of Senate Bill 378, we recognize the tremendous strides we have taken toward protecting our public service workers and keeping our communities safe,” Tomblin said. “Sanitation workers have a difficult job and perform an essential public service. I’m proud West Virginia has joined the nationwide effort to keep these dedicated public workers safe.”
Gov. Tomblin held the bill’s commemoration ceremony at the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office in Martinsburg in memory of local sanitation worker Jeremy Tabler, whose tragic death on the job in March 2013 inspired Sen. Cookman, his representative, to push for safety reforms.
Tabler is survived by his wife and two young daughters, who were present at the bill signing.
“I have been very honored by everyone’s passion and help to get such an important bill passed,” Tiffany Tabler said. “It is truly humbling to have Governor Tomblin and Senator Cookman come to our hometown and validate the importance of the bill, and it was an honor to be able to meet many of our senators and delegates in the process. My daughters and I are extremely thankful to have a positive come out of our loss, and I think that my husband Jeremy would have been proud we were able to accomplish a law to protect his friends and co-workers.”