MOVE OVER !!
Work Zone Awareness Week
Important Highlights of Law
CALTRANS video can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/4CkM2X-BFIk
April 2018, Redding, California ____
As construction season ramps up across the
state, Caltrans (California
Department of Transportation) recognized National Work Zone Awareness Week
(April 9-13) by reminding motorists how important it is to ‘move over’ a lane
when passing highway workers on the side of the highway.
Over Law went into effect in 2007 and was amended two years later to
include Caltrans workers. The law requires drivers approaching stationary
emergency vehicles displaying flashing lights, including tow trucks and
Caltrans vehicles, to move over a lane if safe to do so and slow down to
a safe speed.
In the Caltrans
News Flash, a highway crew experienced the importance
of the Move Over law first hand as they were working on northbound Interstate
5, just north of the Tehama/Glenn County line. As a safety precaution, an
attenuator truck, equipment designed to absorb the impact of a collision to
limit damage and protect workers, was shielding the work truck from traffic
when a big rig struck it. A Caltrans equipment operator who was driving
the attenuator truck fortunately suffered only minor injuries and was able to
return to work the next day.
In addition to the attenuator, Caltrans crews utilize many other safety
measures in the field including signage, use of personal protective
equipment, and barrier vehicles. This incident highlights how important it is
for motorists to move over a lane when passing a work crew.
This News Flash is the 164th in a
series of videos highlighting Caltrans’
activities that present the wide-ranging and critical work that Caltrans does
to enhance California’s economy and livability.
Move Over Law - Caltrans
News Flash #164
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