(July 15, 2020 – Centerville, TN) — With schools preparing to open, our rural roads will have more traffic, and children will be standing beside roads and highways to catch the bus. Emergency responders like police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians, and utility crews also find themselves working near busy roadways. Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative reminds everyone to put safety first:
- Hands-Free. Remember that Tennessee is hands-free when it comes to cell phones. Keep your hands, mind and eyes off your phone and on the road.
- Watch the STOP. When buses extend their STOP signs, give yourself and children preparing to load and unload plenty of room to do so safely. Make sure children are a safe distance away before proceeding.
- Move over. When you see utility crews or emergency responders on the side of the road, we kindly ask that you move over if possible and give them a little extra space. We deeply care about the safety of all, and this extra precaution ensures just that. It shows common courtesy, and it is required by Tennessee state law. More information about the Move Over law is available at moveovertennessee.org.
“Public safety is a priority for all of us at MLEC, and keeping the conversation about road safety going can make everyone aware of the dangers and save lives,” says MLEC President and CEO Keith Carnahan. “Take linemen for example. We can handle the dangers at the top of the pole, but we have no control over drivers passing by at the bottom of the pole. When we all work together by slowing down and paying attention, everyone gets home safely.”
MLEC is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric utility that serves more than 35,000 meters in Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Lewis and Perry counties. Learn more about MLEC at www.mlec.com.