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Yankee Gas Services Company
P.O. Box 270
Hartford, CT 06141-0270
YANKEE GAS AND CL&P SUPPORT WORK ZONE SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK
Jeff Tilghman, Yankee Gas
Mary Ingarra, CL&P
BERLIN, Conn., March 31, 2005 –
Yankee Gas Services Company and The Connecticut Light and Power Company (CL&P), subsidiaries of the Northeast Utilities system, have announced their full support for the state’s “Work Zone Safety Awareness Week” campaign – April 3 - 9, 2005 across Connecticut. Sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration, “Work Zone Safety Awareness Week” was developed to promote the safety of workers and motorists when driving through highway work zones.
“Construction season in Connecticut means there’s an increase in the number of utility employees working near or in roadways,” said Kevin Dupre, director of Field Operations, Yankee Gas. “We join with CL&P and other Connecticut utilities in asking motorists to look out for our employees, slow down and pay attention to speed limits when driving through work zones.”
Yankee Gas and CL&P can have up to 800 work vehicles on the road on any given day.
“Our employees are out working and traveling the highways every day, so roadway safety is one of our top concerns,” said Dana Louth, CL&P’s vice president, Energy Delivery Services. “We are committed to the safety of our employees and want them to return home safely to their families at the end of the work day.”
To show their support for the initiative, Yankee Gas and CL&P display “Slow Down for Work Zones” bumper stickers on all of their work vehicles all year round. In addition, representatives from both utilities are attending State Department of Transportation Commissioner Stephen E. Korta’s press conference today at the I-91 southbound rest area in Wallingford to kick off the week-long event.
According to ConnDOT, 1,176 work zone accidents occurred in 2003, with a total of seven fatalities, one involving a pedestrian. The top contributing factors were following too closely, improper lane changes and driving too fast for road conditions. Nationwide, more than 1,000 fatalities were reported in highway work zones in 2003.
Next week, Connecticut drivers can expect to see billboards advising them to “Slow Down for Them, or You Will Stop for Us” (law enforcement), and “National Work Zone Safety Week/Slow Down for Work Zones” messages on highway variable message signs. In the last five years, work zone safety enforcement activities in Connecticut have resulted in 40,000 tickets issued for motor vehicle violations and 28,000 speeding tickets.
Yankee Gas Services Company (Yankee Gas) is Connecticut’s largest natural gas distribution company, delivering safe, reliable natural gas service to approximately 194,000 customers in 71 cities and towns. Yankee Gas is expanding Connecticut’s energy options and increasing customer choice by extending the availability of clean, efficient natural gas throughout the state. Yankee Gas is part of the Northeast Utilities System (NYSE: NU). For more information, please visit www.yankeegas.com.
The Connecticut Light and Power Company (CL&P) has been part of everyday life in Connecticut for more than 100 years, providing safe and reliable electric service to homes, neighborhoods and businesses. With more than 1.1 million customers in 149 cities and towns, CL&P is an active member in the communities it serves, offering programs in energy conservation, economic development and environmental education. CL&P is part of the Northeast Utilities System (NYSE: NU). For more information, please visit www.cl-p.com.
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