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Governor signs law doubling fines for traffic violations near sanitation workers

On Monday, July 15, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed a new law that will double fines for traffic violations near waste and garbage collectors, a fact that sanitation officer Mark Friend, who is a 37-year-old former Marine and who lost most of his leg when a car pinned him against his garbage truck six months ago, was happy about.

Friend had been clamoring for the passage of the law, which was authored by Republican Watertown Representative John Jagler, since last summer, before the unfortunate January accident that injured him.

Walker said the new law’s goal is to make motorists aware of the fact that they need to slow down in construction zones and be more careful around sanitation workers working on the road.

According to the National Solid Wastes Management Association, four to eight garbage collectors die each year while performing their duties due to being hit by vehicles.

Should you suffer the burden of medical costs, missed work, or other difficult consequences of a car accident injury caused by another person’s negligence, our lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. may be able to help you get compensation. Call 800-242-2874 if you live in Appleton and have been injured in a car accident.

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