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Duke Energy Applauds Expansion of ‘Move Over’ Law to Include Electric Utility Workers November 30, 2010

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -

Duke Energy today will celebrate North Carolina’s new legislation expanding the state’s ‘move over’ law to include electric utility workers.

The celebration will take place at 3 p.m. in the company’s Newell Operations Center on East W.T. Harris Blvd. and Rocky River Road.

Beginning Dec. 1, North Carolina law will require motorists to move over and reduce speed for electric utility vehicles with flashing yellow lights responding to emergency situations. Rep. Nelson Cole of Rockingham County, N.C. and Sen. Clark Jenkins of Edgecombe County, N.C. sponsored the bill, which was signed into law by Gov. Bev Perdue in July. 

“At the end of the day, this law is about making sure our folks get home safely each day to their families and loved ones,” Duke Energy Carolinas President Brett Carter said.

The initiative developed from safety discussions between Duke Energy executives and line and service technicians following an incident in which a driver hit a technician in a work zone. 

“At Duke Energy, we have a comprehensive safety program to protect service and line crews working along the road, but cones and signs will not stop a distracted driver,” Carter said.

 “An important part of our safety culture is to look for ways to reduce risks,” said Steve Cranfill, general manager, field operations. “Having our folks included in the ‘move over’ law is a significant step in improving safety in work zones.”

For more information, including work zone videos and photographs, visit http://news.duke-energy.com/2010/11/30/move-over-law/.

Duke Energy Carolinas owns nuclear, coal-fired, natural gas and hydroelectric generation. That diverse fuel mix provides approximately 19,000 megawatts of electricity capacity to approximately 2.4 million customers in a 22,000-square-mile service area of North Carolina and South Carolina.

Duke Energy is the third largest electric power holding company in the United States, based on kilowatt-hour sales. Its regulated utility operations serve approximately 4 million customers located in five states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky -- representing a population of approximately 11 million people. Duke Energy’s commercial power and international business segments operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing portfolio of renewable energy assets in the United States.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 500 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available on the Internet at: www.duke-energy.com.


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