Brandstad signed the Move Over definition bill into law covering. the utility maintenance vehicle definition. While utility workers have been covered under the law, the Iowa Code lacked a comprehensive definition that detailed specific industry sectors that are considered “utilities” for the purposes of the Move Over or Slow Down law. The debate over this legislation remained positive throughout and gave Iowa’s electric cooperatives and others the opportunity to raise awareness about the Move Over law and talk about ways that we can improve line personnel safety.
If you pass a
vehicle on the side of the road, regardless of what type of
vehicle, remember, there is a person associated with it. And that person might also be a dad, or a husband, or a son; or even a mom, a wife, or a daughter.
When our linemen have a truck parked to work on your power lines, keep in mind that their daily job contains enough hazardous in itself: working high in the air, working on energized line, handling heavy and specialized equipment.
They work as safely as they can all day long so they can go home to their families at night. The last thing they need to worry about is you hitting their truck and causing an unsafe condition for them.
Help line workers go home safely to their families – if you see them working – move over and slow down.