Be safe on the road when utility work is happening

Summer weather means more Washington Electric Cooperative employees are out on the road getting a jump on maintenance. Every driver knows they must pull over and stop for a rescue vehicle, but did you know motorists are also required to slow down and move over for any vehicle with flashing lights when it’s pulled off the side of the road?

That’s right – it’s the law in Ohio. According to the Ohio Department of Transportation, “Ohio’s Move Over Law requires motorists to cautiously shift over one lane–or slow down if changing lanes is not possible” – for any vehicle fitting that description, including utility trucks.

The law is enforced on state highways and interstates, but when it’s safe to do so, we urge you to move over on any roadway. If you can’t safely move over, please slow down for the safety of our employees – and your own.

The next time you see a Washington Electric Cooperative truck off to the side of the road, or any vehicle with flashing lights, please slow down and, if possible, move over. Doing so may save a life.

For more information about Ohio’s Move Over law, visit dot.state.oh.us/moveover.

Jeffrey M. Triplett, CEO

Washington Electric Cooperative