They figure its safe enough, the circuit is only hot when the light is on
I reported a live abandoned construction service crossing a road and hanging 4 feet off the ground next to a sidewalk back in September.
It took 6 more calls to the 1-800 number for a status update, and finally one visit to the local district office to see if it had been assigned to a service crew before it was cut at the transformer at the end of November.
The line was still left hanging over the road until yesterday when I came by and saw a crew finally removed it the day before but they left the part hanging 12 feet down from the insulator towards the ground.
I guess that will be January's project.