The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) just held their 27th Annual Workers Memorial. They honored 187 highway workers who have been killed on the job. This year, a special tribute was paid to Jorge Lopez, Randy Whisenhunt, and Annette Brooks, who all lost their lives since last year’s memorial. Lopez, an electrician, was struck by a tractor-trailer on the shoulder of SR-14. Whisenhunt, also an electrician, died as a result of injuries sustained on the job, and Brooks, a Structural Steel Painter Supervisor, was shot and killed on the job at a Caltrans Facility in Rio Dell. The annual memorial service does more than just honor the fallen highway workers. It also calls attention to safety awareness issues for employees in work zones across the state.
Be Work Zone Alert
Officials with Caltrans are calling on motorists in California to be work zone alert. This means making a commitment to distraction-free driving and always observing and following all posted signs, speed limits and traffic laws. Roadside workers are often only a short distance from busy high-speed traffic. Drivers need to be attentive to the road and on the lookout for lane changes, speed limit changes and anything else that can occur in a work zone. Listed below are some of Caltrans’ work zone safety tips for drivers in California.
Caltrans’ Work Zone Safety Tips
- Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings.
- Pay close attention.
- Merge early.
- Avoid distractions.
- Don’t speed.
- Expect the unexpected.
- Allow ample space between your vehicle and the car in front of you.
- Move over when you see flashing lights.
- Be patient.
Work Zone Safety in San Diego
Work zone safety is everybody’s responsibility. Drivers traveling through work zones need to be aware that the area is a potentially dangerous job site for very hardworking people. Drivers should always be conscious of roadside workers and never engage in any dangerous or negligent behaviors behind the wheel. Even a few miles over the speed limit could greatly impact the safety of somebody’s workspace.
If you have been injured in a car accident in a work zone in San Diego or in any of the Central Coast communities, contact Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation.