Caltrans Highway Worker Safety
Since 1924, 174 California Department of Transportation employees have been killed on the job, 12 of those were from District 2. One of the biggest hazards is from motorists who do not exercise caution while driving where highway workers are present.
Each year on statewide Worker Memorial Day in April, Caltrans honors these employees by holding Memorial Events and by placing their names on a memorial plaque in the lobby of the Caltrans Headquarters building in Sacramento.
“PLEASE SLOW DOWN, MY DAD/MOM WORKS HERE”
|Press Release - Special Safety Sign Posted During Bridge Demolition|
|These signs were developed by Bill Boutelle, a Caltrans Maintenance Equipment Operator in District 2. Boutelle saw similar signs on a trip to Pennsylvania several years ago and thought they would be a great idea to have in the district. The signs can now be seen statewide.|
The “Move Over” law, effective January 2, 2010, requires motorists to move over or slow down when they see a Caltrans vehicle flashing warning lights.
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The new "Move Over" law will be in California Vehicle Code 21809 and it states:
21809. (a) A person driving a vehicle on a freeway approaching a stationary authorized emergency vehicle that is displaying emergency lights, a stationary tow truck that is displaying flashing amber warning lights, or a stationary marked Department of Transportation vehicle that is displaying flashing amber warning lights, shall approach with due caution and, before passing in a lane immediately adjacent to the authorized emergency vehicle, tow truck, or Department of Transportation vehicle, absent other direction by a peace officer, proceed to do one of the following:
(1) Make a lane change into an available lane not immediately adjacent to the authorized emergency vehicle, tow truck, or Department of Transportation vehicle, with due regard for safety and traffic conditions, if practicable and not prohibited by law.
(2) If the maneuver described in paragraph (1) would be unsafe or impracticable, slow to a reasonable and prudent speed that is safe for existing weather, road, and vehicular or pedestrian traffic conditions.