New driver’s ed tool aims to teach downed power line safety

Ameren Illinois officials said over 3,000 drivers crash into utility poles in the state every year, often resulting in dangerous downed power lines.

Now, there’s a new program to teach new drivers what to do around power lines.

Illinois driver’s ed teachers said dealing with power lines has not been a focus of their lessons.
But, an Ameren Illinois-sponsored program looks to change that.

“Actually I never really knew much about it until we had our conference earlier this year,” said Payson High School Driver’s Ed Teacher AJ Smith.

He said the first time he heard about dealing with downed power lines was at a driver’s ed conference earlier this year.

Now, he’s implemented a new learning module from Ameren Illinois to better prepare his students.