Public Notice: Utility Service Vehicles Added to the ‘Move Over’ Law

Published: September 1, 2016

On April 19th, Governor Deal signed House Bill – HB 767, which adds utility service vehicles to the “Spencer Pass Law” requiring motor vehicles to Move Over when approaching stopped vehicles. Governor Deal signed HB 767 during a statewide event to recognize Lineman Appreciation Month

The bill requires any motorist approaching utility linemen at an active work site, as indicated by traffic cones or flashing yellow, amber, white or red lights, to change lanes or reduce their speed to a reasonable and proper speed below the posted speed limit. Any motorist who does not change lanes or drop their speed to avoid the utility works can be fined up to $250 per incident. The new bill, effective July 1, applies to all types of utility works, including electric, natural gas, cable and telecommunications works, right-of-way crews or utility contractors.

We want every City utility worker to make it home safely every night. When you see service vehicles stopped on the side of the road, please make every effort to safely move over to another lane to keep all workers safe!

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