National Work Zone Awareness Week, which is April 26-30, is set aside to remind motorists to be careful around the men and women whose jobs put them along roadways and into harm’s way. Kankakee Valley REMC reminds motorists electric cooperative line crews also work along the roadsides to build, repair and maintain electric power lines.
“While routine line work is done during daylight hours, emergencies happen at any time,” said Scott Sears, CEO at Kankakee Valley REMC. “We want to remind motorists our crews can be out there working at any hour and to be careful whenever they see warning signs and flaggers.”
When motorists see the orange diamond-shaped work zone warning signs and vehicles with the flashing amber lights, they should slow down and prepare for the zone ahead.
Indiana law requires motorists to approach cautiously and change lanes away from emergency vehicles if they can do so safely. If not, they should reduce their speed to 10 mph under the posted speed limit and proceed with caution. The Indiana State Police said motorists should not stop in the roadway; this may cause a chain reaction rear-end collision with other vehicles.
Though move-over laws are for emergency vehicles, Sears asks drivers to be courteous to anyone parked on the shoulder and give them room to safely repair their vehicles.
“Working on energized power lines up in the air at all hours and in all kinds of weather is dangerous enough for lineworkers,” added Sears. “We ask folks to please not make it more dangerous by speeding so closely by them.”
Emergency Vehicles Protected By Indiana's Move-Over Law
- Police vehicles
- Fire trucks and rescue equipment
- Highway incident-response vehicles
- Highway maintenance vehicles
- Utility service vehicles
- Tow trucks
Violating the law can result in a fine and a suspended license. Steeper penalties, including jail time, are enforced for infractions within highway work zones.