Gov. Walker signs bill increasing penalties for endangering sanitation workers

CREATED Jul. 16, 2013

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MADISON - Governor Walker signed a bill Monday that would make penalties tougher for speeding and reckless driving near sanitation employees.

The law makes the penalties the same as current laws regarding construction and maintenance employees, according to the Journal Sentinel.

"Wisconsin's sanitation workers are subject to the same risks as highway construction and maintenance workers, yet they did not have the same protection under the law. Now, they do," Gov. Walker said. "Hopefully, drivers across the state will recognize the risks posed to sanitation workers and slow down to protect them and prevent accidents."

The law doubles the minimum and maximum penalties for speeding or recklessly driving near sanitation workers. The Journal Sentinel reports that the fines could range from $200 to $900.