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Move Over, Slow Down Bill Signed Into Law

  • Posted: 05.25.2017
Image features a cautionary road sign with the copy reading: "Please move over for emergency and utility crews. If you see police, firefighters, utility crews, or other emergency personnel on the side of the road, please slow down or move over when possible. Together, we can keep our crews safe."

When the power goes out, so do Woodbury County REC’s line crews. Lineworkers are the first to respond after an outage occurs, and they work tirelessly to restore power to the communities we serve.

If you’re traveling and see one of our crews on the side of the road, we kindly ask that you move over, if possible, and give them a little extra space to work. We deeply care about the safety of all, and this extra precaution ensures just that.

If you approach a crew while traveling on a two-lane road, moving over to the next lane might not be an option. In this case, we simply ask that you slow down when approaching roadside crews. If you approach a crew while traveling on a four-lane road, and safety and traffic conditions allow, we ask that you move over into the far lane.

Iowa's legislature unanimously passed the "Move Over. Slow Down" law this past spring. The new law helps to protect utility maintenance vehicles and utility services vehicles from accidents involving travelers and REC employees while on Iowa roads.

Utility crews aren’t the only ones who could use the extra space. Emergency responders, such as police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians, often find themselves responding to emergency situations near busy roadways. We ask that you follow the same procedures mentioned above to help keep these crews safe.

There’s plenty of room for all. Let’s work together to keep everyone safe on our local roadways.

Written by Abby Berry. Abby Berry  writes on consumer and cooperative affairs for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the Arlington, Va.-based service arm of the nation’s 900-plus consumer-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperatives.