Islip Town officials are reminding residents that a new state law requires motorists to slow down around garbage and recycling trucks flashing their safety lights during collections.

The Slow Down to Get Around law, which went into effect last month in New York State, will help protect both motorists and sanitation workers, proponents said.

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"These hardworking and dedicated individuals operate over 40 trucks daily, servicing more than 80,000 properties along 1,200 miles of roadway in the Town of Islip. They are on the street and on their feet during the busiest hours of the day, including the morning rush. We are committed to ensuring their safety each and every day,” said Supervisor Angie Carpenter in a news release.

“Our sanitation crews perform one of the toughest jobs in the Town, and their work has a direct impact on the quality of life of our residents. We ask that our residents, in turn, be mindful of the safety of our employees when sharing the roadway,” said Islip Department of Environmental Control Commissioner Jim Heil.

New York is now the 12th state in the country with this law