SMUD exploring new ways to keep vehicles from hitting power poles

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SMUD has installed some measures to mitigate damage to power poles and other electrical equipment by vehicles hitting them. The measures are part of a pilot program designed to increase visibility of and provide some protection to the power poles and to motorists. SMUD has seen an increase in “car-pole” accidents in recent years. The work is part of SMUD’s efforts to enhance public and worker safety and the SMUD grid’s reliability. The photo shows a “Raptor” power pole barrier being installed in Wilton, CA. Photo courtesy SMUD

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