Each year, Caltrans holds its annual Highway Safety Poster Contest. The contest is open to children and grandchildren of Caltrans employees, 17 years old and younger, who are invited to create a poster about the importance of driving safely in or near highway work zones. Judges selected winning posters based on creativity, expression of the highway safety theme, and the use of color.
The winning posters appeared in the Annual Workers Memorial program and were on display at the ceremony. (Check them out here.) Although the posters differ greatly in appearance, they all feature one of two safety messages: "Slow for the Cone Zone" or "Move Over." Here's the grand prize-winning poster, submitted by 17-year-old Ashley Cho:
You can help make trips safer for yourself, your passengers, workers and other motorists by remembering some work zone safety tips.
> Don't speed in work zones.
> Stay alert. Expect the unexpected.
> Watch for workers and drive with caution.
> Don't change lanes unnecessarily.
> Avoid using your cell phone in work zones.
> Turn on headlights so that workers and other drivers can see you.
> Allow plenty of space between you and the car in front of you.
> Anticipate lane shifts, and merge when directed to do so.
> Expect delays. Be Patient.
In other words, drive through work zones as if someone who is very precious to you is working there. A total of 183 Caltrans employees have been killed on the job. With your help, we'll never get to 184.