Teenage drivers must know these things...

Teenage drivers must know these things...

Posted by: DO/Monday, December 11, 2017/Categories: In The News

Stay in the car, stay in the car, stay in the car!” is the mantra Indiana Electric Cooperatives wants young drivers to remember.

“Whenever a power line is involved, even a minor accident can become tragic,” said Tom VanParis, CEO of Indiana Electric Cooperatives. “Staying put for all involved, and warning passersby to stay away, too, cannot be stressed enough. Only after a first responder arrives on scene and says it’s OK, should you get out.”

Staying put may go against a driver’s first inclination; you want to get out and check the car and see if everyone around is OK. Teenagers, especially, might fret that “dad is going to kill me!” But stepping out of the car immediately after striking a utility pole may KILL YOU — for real. Here’s why

Power lines fall.
When a pole is struck, power lines and hardware can break loose from their insulated perches atop the pole.

  • Fallen power lines can still be energized. Even touching the ground, power lines can still be carrying 7,200 volts or more. They may not spark or buzz.
  • Power lines are not insulated. Unlike the power cords on appliances we use, overhead power lines are bare strands of metal wire. This means grabbing them, grazing up against one or touching something that’s touching them can kill you.

Read More: indianaec.org

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