Friday, February 26, 2021

Slow for the Cone Zone

“Work Zone Speeding: A Costly Mistake” is the message being sent by transportation agencies across the country last week as the nation recognizes National Work Zone Awareness March 23-27, 2015.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is joining with the California State Transportation Agency and California Department of Transportation to bring attention to the dangers of traveling through work zone areas.

“Work zones on our state’s highways can be complex, especially in urban areas. There are often bright lights, workers near the traffic lanes, and slow-moving or parked vehicles. Awareness and planning are keys to safe driving,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “We would like to encourage motorists to slow down and drive cautiously in work zones.”

Safety on the highways is paramount for all motorists. In work zone areas this is especially true where there can be multiple pedestrians, bright lights or parked vehicles, as fast traffic whizzes by.

It only takes a split second of inattention to destroy the life of someone working on California’s roads. According to data from CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System, the number of collisions in construction zones has risen from 1,155 in 2010, to 1,322 in 2011. In 2011, those collisions resulted in the deaths of 44 people and more than 2,000 people injured. Since 1921, 182

California Department of Transportation workers have been killed in work zone area incidents.

“Nothing is more important than the safety of our workers, contractors, and the traveling public.

National Work Zone Awareness Week is a reminder that safety is a year-round priority, and everyone can help by staying alert and slowing down in work zones,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.

California law requires drivers to move over or slow down when a parked emergency or Caltrans vehicle is flashing emergency or warning lights. Change lanes safely or, if unsafe or impracticable, slow to a speed that is safe for existing conditions.

Lloyd Green Jr, Editor
Lloyd Green Jr, Editor
Lloyd Green Jr. is the Owner and Publisher of the Williams Pioneer Review. He is dedicated in publishing the news and informing the community of Colusa County. Lloyd has been with the publication since 2008, and purchased the business in 2010. Under his ownership the newspaper has grown significantly in subscriptions, publishes weekly, and obtained the title of Newspaper of General Circulation by the Superior Court of Colusa County in Sept. 2017. Lloyd is also the director of advertising, classified manager, legal notice clerk, and circulation manager. To contact Lloyd, email him at or call (530) 458-4141 ext. 100.

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