Caltrans Honors Fallen Highway Workers
This week, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) honored the 189 fallen highway workers lost on California roadways over the years. According to a recent Caltrans press release, they just had their 30th annual memorial, which was held near the Caltrans Workers Memorial Bridge. The bridge, formerly known as the Bryte Bend Bridge, spans the width of the Sacramento River. The memorial wasn’t just about the fallen Caltrans workers. It was also about highway safety for all roadway workers, including first responders.
Honoring Fallen Highway Workers
During this memorial, Caltrans placed 189 orange traffic cones bearing the name of every worker lost since 1921. They were configured in a diamond shape to symbolize a highway caution sign, and there was a single black cone at the center of the formation to signify all workers lost on the state highway system, including private contractors and California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, there was no public event this year.
California Work Zone Crash Facts
- In 2018, there were more than 7,000 work-zone crashes on California roadways.
- Of those crashes, about 2,300 resulted in injuries.
- 46 of those crashes involved a fatality.
- Nationally, drivers and passengers account for 85 percent of the people who are killed in work zones.
Be Work Zone Alert
At this time, officials with Caltrans are reminding drivers to Be Work Zone Alert. This means that drivers should always exercise additional caution and vigilance when driving through work zones. Workers are only inches or feet away from busy traffic. Additionally, motorists need to remember that the Move Over law applies to the flashing amber lights of Caltrans vehicles too. Always move over a lane when you see flashing amber lights. Give workers the space they need to do their jobs safely. If you can’t move over, slow down to a reasonably safe speed before passing.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a work zone accident in San Diego, along the Central Coast or in any of the nearby communities, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.