Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol are installing "Move Over"
signs on highways to increase safety for road workers, CHP officers and others.
"Every day, highway workers put their lives in danger just by going to work," Malcolm Dougherty, director of the California Transportation Department, said in a news release. "We're asking motorists to slow down, watch out for highway workers and CHP, and safely move over a lane when they see flashing amber lights on Caltrans or other emergency vehicles."
The new signs say "Move Over or Slow for Stopped Emergency and Maintenance Vehicles" or "Move Over or Slow When Amber Lights Flashing."
More than 700 existing electronic highway message signs also will display "Move Over or Slow for Workers, It's the Law."
The Move Over law, which took effect in 2007, requires drivers to move over a lane or slow down when they see emergency lights on the shoulder. A 2009 amendment added Caltrans vehicles displaying flashing amber warning lights.
Since the 1920s, 178 Caltrans employees have died on the job.
For more information about Move Over, visit http://www.dot.ca.gov/moveover.
(c)2013 Ventura County Star (Camarillo, Calif.)
Distributed by MCT Information Services
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