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Move Over Bill receives Governor’s signature

Tuesday, May 15, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Shari Wormwood
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The Move Over Bill passed both bodies and was signed by the Governor on Saturday, May 19.


Senator Goggin, chief author on the Senate side is an IBEW member and a great promoter of this legislation. Chair Davids was the chief author on the House side. Both Senator Goggin and Representative Davids are excellent supporters of electric cooperatives.


In 2015, Minnesota electric cooperatives promoted, and the legislature passed, legislation that expanded Minnesota’s move over law to include parked utility vehicles with their emergency or warning lights activated. This legislation applied to a highway having two lanes in the same direction.


The legislation this year adds to the statute streets or highways having only one lane in the same direction. The legislation requires that drivers slow down, maintaining a safe speed for traffic conditions, and operate the vehicle at a reduced speed until safely past the parked utility or emergency vehicle.


Safety is a priority for electric cooperatives, who have employees working alongside roadways every day. Traffic is always an issue. This additional piece of legislation will further increase the safety of our lineworkers


Thank you for your help getting this important piece of safety legislation over the finish line.


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