California Department of Transportation District 11 ­ San Diego & Imperial Counties

District 11

Slow For The Cone Zone

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Contact: Public Information Officer Hayden Manning

Phone: (619) 668-6670

Caltrans Promotes Move Over Law Campaign

SAN DIEGO – Earlier this week, Caltrans activated 700 Changeable Message Signs (CMS) statewide with the new Move Over message, “Slow or Move Over for Workers, It’s the Law.”  The message will stay posted through July 22, according to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). 

“Nothing is more important to me than the safety of our workers and the motoring public,” said Caltrans District Director Laurie Berman during a press conference today. 

The law was amended a few years ago to add Caltrans vehicles displaying flashing amber warning lights to the list of vehicles for which motorists must slow down and, if safe to do so, move over a lane. 

The joint safety effort by Caltrans, the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and Office of Traffic Safety will educate the public on the importance of moving over a lane to protect highway workers and CHP officers.

“The law includes all emergency vehicles including ambulances and tow trucks,” said CHP Captain Rich Stewart during the press conference.  “Fines can escalate depending on the location of the infraction or the motorist’s driving record.”

Recently Caltrans has been developing several safety strategies, and had implemented a few of them.  All field staff has been holding safety meeting every morning to discuss how to improve safety in each day’s work assignment. 

The Department is redirecting funding to increase lighting for worker safety during night construction.  In an effort to assist the motoring public there will be an increasing number of truck arrow boards and CMS to notify that there is work ahead. 

The public awareness campaign includes the placement of billboard ads on Interstate 805 near Imperial Avenue and on State Route 94 near College Avenue.  Attached in this news release is video public service announcement that can run on any media outlet statewide.

If you see a Caltrans or other emergency vehicle on the side of the highway with its flashing light, move over if safe to do so, or slow down. It’s the law!

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