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Safe Electricity Urges Caution around Utility Roadway Work Zones | Print |  Email
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Safe Electricity Urges Caution around Utility Roadway Work Zones

Driver inattention, carelessness, cause safety hazards for both motorists and workers

Electric utility vehicles and workers often share streets and roadways with motorists in order to access overhead power lines and other electrical equipment. This can be dangerous for workers and motorists. Safe Electricity urges you to go slowly and be especially careful when you see crews at work.  More than 500 workers were killed on road work zones in 2010. Fatal work zone crashes occur most often in the summerWork Zoneand fall. More than twice as many work zone crashes happen on weekdays compared to weekends, so be extra cautious driving to and from work.

To help prevent fatalities and injuries this year, Safe Electricity recommends the following guidelines while driving:

  • Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and traffic barriers, trucks, construction equipment and workers.
  • Be patient: Traffic delays are sometimes unavoidable, so try to allow time for unexpected delays in your schedule.
  • Obey all signs and road crew flag instructions.
  • Merge early and be courteous to other drivers.
  • Use your headlights at dusk and during inclement weather.
  • Minimize distractions Avoid changing the radio station, using a cell phone, or eating while driving.

The most common crash in a roadway work zone is the rear-end collision, so remember to leave at least four car lengths of braking distance between you and the car in front of you.