BISHOP – With dozens of communities around California facing a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) this week, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is reminding the public about what to do if their area loses power. While cities and towns in District 9 are still only under PSPS consideration, it’s important to be prepared when high winds necessitate a shut down.
Motorists are reminded that the California Department of Motor Vehicle Drive Handbook mandates all drivers treat darkened and flashing-red traffic signals as all-way stops. Drivers should proceed with caution through intersections and follow right-of-way rules. For more information on the correct steps to take at a nonworking traffic signal, Caltrans Public Affairs has prepared a News Flash video that can be viewed on YouTube by searching Public Safety Power Shut Off – Caltrans News Flash #211.
During an outage, Caltrans District 9 may also be required to close and lock down facilities at rest areas until power is restored.
Southern California Edison customers are encouraged to sign up for power alerts on the SCE website. When signed up, customers will receive texts, emails, or phone calls about PSPS events in their area. The latest information on Public Safety Power Shutoffs for SCE customers can be found at sce.com/psps.