New Georgia law prohibits passing of garbage trucks

Published 5:57 pm Friday, July 10, 2015

A new Georgia state law went into effect July 1, adding restrictions for drivers passing sanitation vehicles.

It happens. You’re late for work, and you end up behind a garbage truck that stops every few feet, picking up trash. In a rush, you speed up to pass the vehicle as quickly as possible.

The new state law adds some provisions for passing, aiming to protect sanitation workers.

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The law states that drivers approaching a garbage truck with active sanitation workers that is displaying flashing lights should fully change lanes while passing. If that is impossible or unsafe, the law states to reduce speed to 10 mph under the speed limit while passing.

The maximum fine for violating the law is $250.