When the power goes out, so do Union Power Cooperative’s line crews. Line workers are the first to respond after an outage occurs, and they work tirelessly to restore power to the communities we serve.
If you’re traveling and see one of our crews on the side of the road, we kindly ask that you move over if possible and give them a little extra space to work. We deeply care about the safety of all, and this extra precaution ensures just that.
If you approach a crew while traveling on a two-lane road in North Carolina, moving over isn’t an option. The North Carolina “Move Over” law requires motorists to slow down, move over if possible, and approach cautiously when a utility vehicle is stopped on the side of the road restoring electrical service during an unplanned event such as a hurricane or ice storm. If you approach a crew while traveling on a four-lane road, and safety and traffic conditions allow, we ask that you move over into the far lane.
Utility crews aren’t the only ones who could use the extra space. Emergency responders, such as police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians, often find themselves responding to emergency situations near busy roadways. We ask that you follow the same procedures mentioned above to help keep these crews safe.
There’s plenty of room for all. Let’s work together to keep everyone safe on our local roadways.