The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) recently issued a press release about some of their employees receiving the highest honor for public servants. Caltrans employees Theodore “Tad” Sampson, Shawn Morgan, Steven Rhine, Matthew McCarter and Jason Heinz earned recognition for their heroic actions on-the-job. These awards are a reminder that highway work is such a dangerous job. Men and women who work beside the roadways risk their lives to maintain, build and improve roadways in California and all over the nation.

Honoring Caltrans Employees for Valor and Courage

According to Caltrans, Sampson earned his Silver Medal of Valor on February 13, 2017 when he and three construction contractors joined forces to free an excavator operator who was trapped in a moving mass of debris on Interstate 80 near Baxter.  Additionally, Morgan, Rhine, McCarter and Heinz received Silver Medals of Honor for their roles in rescuing victims of a vehicle that landed upside down in the freezing American River on December 28, 2016. Since 1959, more than 600 state employees have earned this type of recognition their courage and selflessness in the face of danger on the job.

Move Over and Slow Down for Roadside Heroes

The men and women that work beside the roadways deserve to get home to their families at the end of a long shift. Drivers should always slow down and observe work-zone speed limits. Additionally, if you see flashing amber lights, you need to move over a lane to give that vehicle and worker plenty of room for safety. If you can’t move over, slow down and wait until it is safe to move over or pass slowly and safely. Most importantly never drive distracted. It puts the lives of roadside workers in danger. No text message is worth that. It can wait.

Work Zone Safety in California

Men and women who work on and beside roadways have some of the most dangerous jobs in America. We drive past them all the time, but how often do we think about the danger they face each and every day. Remember to slow down in work zones, and move over when you see flashing amber lights.

The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. congratulates the recipients of these awards and urges motorists to drive safely and exercise additional caution in work zones in California.

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