Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Caltrans Installing New Signs Statewide to Remind Motorists to “Move Over” for Highway Workers and Public Safety Officials

Caltrans workers and the California Highway Patrol will be out in force today on highways throughout the state installing and enforcing “Move Over” signs intended to help save lives and increase safety for motorists, highway workers, CHP officers and first responders.

The new signs will display the messages, “Move Over or Slow for Stopped Emergency and Maintenance Vehicles” and “Move Over or Slow When Amber Lights Flashing.” In addition, more than 700 existing electronic highway message signs statewide will display, “Move Over or Slow for Workers, It’s the Law.”

Highway construction and maintenance work is one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. Since the 1924, 178 Caltrans employees have died while on the job.

Signs are being installed today at these locations:

•    Northbound Antelope Valley Freeway (SR-14) north of Via Princessa
•    Eastbound Glenn Anderson Freeway (I-105) east of San Diego Freeway (I-405)

The Move Over law, which took effect in 2007, was amended in 2009 to add Caltrans vehicles displaying flashing amber warning lights to the list of vehicles for which motorists must move over if safe to do so, or slow down.