Now that Spring has finally arrived and the weather is beginning to improve, Hudson Valley motorists will see more road crews out as work sites become more numerous.

Distracted driving is a pervasive problem that not only puts people in danger, but also often results in infrastructure damage that can cause power outages. Central Hudson employees routinely work alongside roadways when repairing electric and natural gas facilities, reading meters and completing many other tasks. Our crews face a higher risk of being injured when drivers are distracted.

Driving distracted can devastate lives in an instant. Please — put down the phone. Stay in the safety zone. It’s the bright thing to do.

Central Hudson reminds motorists to obey work zone flaggers and watch out for utility workers when entering a work site.

  • Stay alert, especially at night, when driving through work zones.

  • Never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.

  • Diamond-shaped orange warning signs are posted in advance of utility crew work. Slow down and pay attention to the signs.

  • Be prepared to obey a flagger’s directions. You may be asked to stop or slow down. In a work zone, a flagger has the same authority as a road sign; you can be cited for disobeying his or her instructions.

  • Keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. And keep a safe distance away from traffic barriers, crews and equipment.