Caltrans Urges Drivers to 'Move Over' in New Campaign

By: Jennifer Hardy Email
By: Jennifer Hardy Email

CALIFORNIA -- California Highway Patrol and Caltrans are out in full force, driving home the message to "Move Over".

Signs are being installed with the "Move Over" message. The goal is to remind people to move over when they see emergency workers, highway workers, or other law enforcement on California roads.

“Every day, highway workers put their lives in danger just by going to work,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “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 will display the messages, “Move Over or Slow for Stopped Emergency and Maintenance Vehicles” and “Move Over or Slow When Amber Lights Flashing.”

In addition, more than 700 existing electronic highway message signs statewide will display, “Move Over or Slow for Workers, It’s the Law.”

“Every year, a growing number of law enforcement, emergency personnel, and highway workers are killed or injured along California’s roadways,” said California Highway Patrol Commissioner Joe Farrow. “One way to help minimize the risk for these workers is for the motoring public to do their part by paying attention and exercising caution on the road. If you see emergency lights on the shoulder ahead, the law requires you to move over or slow down.”

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