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Move over, slow down

Posted on Mar 23 2017 in Steuben County REMC

National Work Zone Awareness Week is April 3-7, and we are asking area drivers to do their part to help keep our linemen safe.

The job of a lineman is inherently dangerous; working with high voltage electricity carries a certain amount of risk. But our workers know that they are a part of something bigger; they are helping to fuel industry, heat and cool homes for our members’ comfort, and keep our community thriving. The last thing they should have to worry about is getting injured or killed by a motorist while they try to perform their duties.

Unfortunately, much of our line crews’ work means parking alongside the road. Indiana lawmakers have recognized the danger in this and have included utility vehicles in the language of Indiana’s “Move over, slow down” laws. To protect personnel, Indiana law requires motorists to approach cautiously when an emergency vehicle is stopped on two or four lane roadways with lights flashing, including utility vehicles. If traffic prevents you from switching lanes, slow down significantly and proceed with great caution.

Sometimes, line crews will help to direct traffic during their work. The nature of our area means lots of hills and blind spots prevent motorists from seeing our workers and vehicles or oncoming traffic. In these situations, follow the prompts of workers and use your best judgment. When approaching a work zone, you will see a sign indicating that utility vehicles are stopped ahead (as pictured). Always slow down and prepare to stop if necessary.

With your help and caution, we can give our linemen the safety and security they deserve to get their jobs done timely and efficiently and return them home each night to their families.