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New Law Adds Protection for Utility Linemen and Women

Utility linemen will join the ranks of law enforcement, public safety and transportation personnel who will be better protected under a new law signed April 19 by Gov. Nathan Deal.

“I was proud to sign the Move Over for Linemen bill,” said Gov. Deal. “This bill will help the selfless linemen and women in Georgia go home safely to their families after working around the clock to keep our lights on, even in extreme weather conditions.”

House Bill 767 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 workers can be fined up to $250 per incident. The new bill, effective July 1, applies to all types of utility workers, including electric, natural gas, cable and telecommunications workers, right-of-way crews or utility contractors.

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