Georgia Power, Georgia DOT Encourage Drivers to be Winter Road Ready in New Video

Staff Report From Georgia CEO

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Winter weather is coming, and Georgia Power encourages customers to prepare during Georgia's Winter Weather Preparedness Week the week of November 27. New this year, the company has introduced a video created in partnership with the Georgia Department of Transportation highlighting simple guidance and preparedness tips to help Georgians be "winter road ready."  The new video is part of a larger series of Georgia Power videos available at featuring useful information on various winter weather topics including Watches vs. Warnings, Staying Connected, Electrical Safety and more.

Tips highlighted in the new video include: 

  • Stay safe around downed power lines. Severe winter weather can cause trees and power lines to fall on cars and roadways. If you see a downed power line, call 911 or Georgia Power immediately and, if you are trapped in your car by a downed power line, do not try to exit the vehicle before first responders arrive.

  • Watch for crews working on the roads, including Georgia Power and GDOT vehicles. Utility linemen are included in Georgia's "Move Over Law," which requires drivers to move over one lane when utility crews are working on the roadside.   

  • Pay attention to alerts and advisories. Stay off the roads as much as possible before, during and after winter weather and wait until GDOT provides an "all clear" to travel. Dial 511 from your mobile phone to access GDOT's Travel Information System.