Caltrans workers are installing "Move Over" signs statewide today in an effort to protect highway workers and California Highway Patrol officers.
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." Signs will be at the Elkhorn on-ramp on southbound Interstate 5, at Gold Run on Interstate 80 and Pollock Pines on Highway 50.
"Every day, highway workers put their lives in danger just by going to work," said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.
The 2007 Move Over law was amended in 2009 to add Caltrans vehicles displaying amber warning lights to the list of vehicles for which motorists must move over if safe to do so, or slow down.
"If you see emergency lights on the shoulder ahead, the law requires you to move over or slow down," said Highway Patrol Commissioner Joe Farrow in a Caltrans press release.
Highway construction and maintenance can be a dangerous job: since the 1920s, 178 state highway employees have died while on the job.