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Motorists Reminded to be Work Zone Alert After Contract Worker’s Death in the City of Industry

Date: June 12, 2018
District: Headquarters
Contact: Mark Dinger
Phone: (916) 654-3145
Contact: Tamie McGowen
Phone: (916) 657-5060

SACRAMENTO — As family and friends mourn the death of a contract worker today in southern California, Caltrans reminds motorists to remain alert and slow down when approaching the more than 900 active construction projects statewide.

Early this morning, an employee of a Caltrans sub-contractor was struck and killed by a passing big rig, while picking up traffic control warning signs along Interstate 605 in the city of Industry. The incident remains under investigation by the California Highway Patrol.

"This tragic incident underscores the risks and dangers road workers face every day. It should also remind drivers that it is everyone’s responsibility to be work zone alert and slow down, and/or move over when approaching all work zones. We would like to extend our sincere condolences to the worker’s family and friends."

Laurie Berman, Director, Caltrans

With the funding increase of approximately $1.8 billion annually for the maintenance and rehabilitation of the state highway system associated with SB 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, motorists can expect more roadwork statewide to improve roads, streets and highways. This means drivers should exercise even more caution since there will be a marked increase in the amount of workers out on the roads improving California’s state and local roadways.

Drivers can dramatically improve safety in work zones by slowing down, reducing distractions, such as talking on the phone or texting, and dedicating all their attention to the roadway. Motorists are also reminded that state law requires them to move over a lane when safe to do so, or slow down when approaching vehicles with flashing amber warning lights.

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