West Florida Electric Cooperative (WFEC) line crews have one of the most dangerous jobs in the nation. These dangers increase when they are working along the roadside. Do your part to protect them.
If you’re driving and see crews working on the side of the road, slow down and move over. It’s the law. More importantly, you’ll help ensure those lineworkers return home safely to their families and continue to be there when you need them.
According to the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website, hundreds of utility workers, law enforcement officers, first responders and other public service workers are injured or killed each year in roadside accidents that could have been prevented.
The Move Over law states that when motorists approach workers and stopped vehicles with flashing emergency lights along the roadside, the drivers must slow down and, if it is safe to do so, move out of the lane closest to the workers. Give them the space they need to stay safe while doing their jobs. Like you, they have families waiting for them off the clock.
As you’re driving, stay alert. If you come upon roadside crews and cannot safely move over, slow down to at least 20 mph less than the posted speed limit. If you fail to do this, it can put workers at risk.
Protect our lineworkers. They are on the job for you, ensuring reliable power. It’s another way your hometown electric cooperative is always here for you.