A Letter from Fayetteville Public Utilities' CEO/General Manager, Britt Dye

Move Over: Save a Life

 

Keeping first responders and utility workers safe, that’s the driving force behind the Move Over Law. Since 2006, drivers are required to move over into the adjacent lane of traffic or, alternatively, slow down for emergency vehicles. In 2011, Tennessee Legislators expanded the law to also protect utility service crews and equipment from passing drivers. We are your brothers, fathers, husbands, sisters, mothers and wives working along the sides of the roads. It is always important to remember to move over for emergency workers like police and firefighters, as well as, other emergency personnel like EMS, wreckers and  utility workers.

     In Tennessee, you could face a hefty fine and possible jail time for breaking the Move Over Law. In the past, there have been too many instances where public service workers have been injured on the job. At FPU, we want to challenge you to make those instances disappear.

     Many times, FPU’s crews must work in the middle of the street or along sidewalks to repair utility lines. Their close proximity heightens the risk of injury due to people who are distracted driving and do not yield to the law. Our jobs, by nature, place us in dangerous situations as we work on electric and telecom wires and buried gas, water and wastewater lines. We are partnering with our local law enforcement to create a voice for our employees and ask you to please move over. Please help keep our crews safe as they work to provide safe, reliable utility service for you and your family.