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Caltrans and CHP Warn Drivers of Maximum Enforcement Around Construction Work Zones

Posted: July 28, 2014 3:26 p.m.
Updated: July 28, 2014 3:26 p.m.

SACRAMENTO – Beginning today, Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) are warning motorists statewide that the CHP is conducting maximum enforcement of traffic laws in active construction zones as part of a public safety campaign focused on work zone safety.

As part of this campaign, Caltrans will activate its electronic highway message signs in active construction and maintenance work zones around the state to display the following warning:




“This is about protecting the safety of California’s motorists and the men and women working along the state’s highways,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “Using our highway message signs and increasing CHP’s presence around these areas, we are reminding California drivers to do their part in reducing collisions and hazardous conditions in these work zones.”

Currently, there are more than 700 active projects underway worth more than $11 billion.

As part of the maximum enforcement effort, the CHP will have their patrol officers increase the time spent patrolling active work zones in their areas, while also conducting proactive enforcement efforts. Drivers should be aware that any traffic infraction committed within a construction work zone will result in a doubling of the usual fine.

“Through a combination of education and enforcement our goal is to provide the safest environment possible for highway workers,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “Motorists are reminded to reduce their speed, watch for highway workers and safely move over a lane when passing work crews. These simple actions can mean the difference between life and death.”

“Without a doubt, working on a highway construction project is a dangerous job,” said Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Transportation. “For the millions of drivers on our roads each day, these signs will get the message across loud and clear - a little extra vigilance can save a life.”

"Highway workers are doing their part to make our roadways safe and reliable for everyone," said Director Rhonda Craft of the Office of Traffic Safety. "We need to do our part by slowing down and using extra caution around active work zones."

The enforcement message will be displayed July 28-August 1 and September 23-25 on any electronic highway message signs within five miles in advance of active construction work zones. The enforcement message will be activated when there are no critical emergency or traffic safety messages or Amber Alerts.

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Lotus8: Posted: July 28, 2014 7:17 p.m.

Money grab, plain and simple. Double the fines means more money in the government coffers. Does a construction site count as active when it has been started in order to secure matching funds and then has only sporadic activity for the next couple of years? We all have to go 55 on the freeway for years in a spot because of funding rules?

offramp: Posted: July 28, 2014 7:26 p.m.

Come on Lotus8, think about it for a minute. If it was a money grab, why would they be publicizing it? Wouldn't it be better to keep it quiet and just ticket people? And it's only "active" if there are workers present, like the signs will say. Duh. Think it through before spouting.

lars1: Posted: July 28, 2014 10:36 p.m.

Caltrans has overruled the free carpool lanes in Orange County.
It is a war out there, and they feel they can steal from the citizens,
Their pension costs are going up, and they need more $$$$.
Let them rot in hell.

Metro in Orange County wanted to charge the citizens twice for free carpool lanes that they already paid for with a sales tax increase. There was a strong effort with many local government representatives(see Diane Carey from Westminster) voicing the displeasure of the citizens at the money grab for pay per use carpool lanes by metro.

Metro finally backed down at the BIG OPPOSITION who felt like they were being cheated. They voted for a sales tax that was to construct free carpool lanes, NOT TOLL LANES.

Here in Santa Clarita, metro met NO OPPOSITION from the bought off city
council members kellar,weste, and mclean. Hey, our city council will not even recognize the 18,000 people who signed the billboard referendum opposing the metro 50 year $$$ deal. They think we are stupid.

Metro will be charging around $20 a day to use toll carpool lanes on the 5 freeway from Castaic to the 14. We already paid for this with a sales tax increase. That is why the sales tax in LA county is more than Ventura or Kern counties. It was supposed to go to free carpool lanes.
Free carpool lanes on every freeway except ours. The 5,14,101,118,134,170,210,405 all have FREE CARPOOL LANES.
NOTE: That's the reason I don't make big purchases in Santa Clarita.
I will travel to Ventura to pay less sales tax.

17trillion: Posted: July 29, 2014 11:04 a.m.

Offramp, is it hard to breath with your nose stuck so far up governments butt? Really, I'm curious....

bbcalvin: Posted: July 29, 2014 11:32 a.m.

Lars1: reread Measure R. The carpool lanes on I-5 through Santa Clarita was not on the list of projects. While I do not like the toll lanes either, the citizens did not already pay for them through a sales tax increase.

lars1: Posted: July 29, 2014 12:53 p.m.

bbcalvin, since you have knowledge of the freeway construction projects,
please tell us how the following happened?

There are free carpool lanes on every freeway in Northern LA County
except ours.
The 5,14,101,118,134,170,210,405 all have FREE CARPOOL LANES.

Why not here in Santa Clarita?

The citizens of SANTA CLARITA are paying a sales tax increase for free carpool lanes. We did not get them. We feel cheated.
Our representatives failed us.

The government officials feel that the wealthier people in santa clarita should subsidize all their projects.
That is why 45% of metro subway riders do not pay.

bbcalvin: Posted: July 29, 2014 1:39 p.m.

lars1: Read the text of Measure R that was approved raising the sales tax. It contained a list of projects that the tax was going to pay for. Carpool lanes on Interstate 5 through Santa Clarita was not one of them. The only project in our area was the HOV connector at the 5/14.

Again, I agree with you that I do not like the toll lanes. However, saying we are paying for them already is not true. That is all I am saying.

Baddog1: Posted: July 29, 2014 1:57 p.m.

You are aware that we currently pay astronomically high City, State and Federal taxes that should already be enough to complete these projects. But for too many unacceptable reasons, its somehow not enough!

ElizaS: Posted: July 29, 2014 4:46 p.m.

I think you underestimate the cost of building these roadway projects that cost billions. If you think the taxes you pay covers this, you need to take a hard look at where your tax dollars go. Love the cop out answer of I pay a lot of taxes so everything should be covered!!! Sounds like the rationalization of a 3 year-old.

17trillion: Posted: July 29, 2014 6:05 p.m.

Eliza, perhaps you think tax receipts come from the tax receipt ferry? I love the cop out answer of how dare you resist paying more when so many pay nothing! Sounds like the rationalization of a typical low information voter. How much flesh exactly do you require?

cj64: Posted: July 29, 2014 6:32 p.m.

Elizas is just one of those government workers who feel that they are owed by those who work hard. They can steal from Californians by raising sales tax, and charging us again. The costs for all government projects are so wacked out of line, it is sad. Often projects (see mcbean bridge) very rarely have anyone working. My guess is they are still collecting their pay and pension benefits. You know, the important stuff.

EgbertSouse4U: Posted: July 29, 2014 11:29 p.m.

Ahh.... the neverending McBean bridge-widening project. They just installed antique streetlamps today.... looks bizarre.

ElizaS: Posted: July 30, 2014 2:30 a.m.

Sorry..very informed voter. You can resist to pay more taxes. That's you're right to vote. But it's not right to assume what you pay now in taxes covers everything from the sun to the moon.

cj64- You do realize that almost every road construction project is completed by private construction firms and not government workers. Your ignorance is showing big time.

17trillion: Posted: July 30, 2014 11:47 a.m.

"But it's not right to assume what you pay now in taxes covers everything from the sun to the moon."

BS!!! I pay more in taxes than 90% of the population, at least! Don't tell me that what I pay shouldn't cover everything I use when so many don't pay anything.

LStaedtler: Posted: July 30, 2014 1:40 p.m.

Elizas don't waste your time on here. It's the same handful of people who comment on every article . They have their opinion whether based on truth or lies. Even when you give facts they won't change. They're close-minded and you just have to accept there are some bad apples in society.

lars1: Posted: July 30, 2014 2:49 p.m.

The average yearly pay of Caltrans’ 20,000 employees is $100,000, including salaries and benefits. $4 BILLION!

That's right, 20,000 workers, who, according to LStaedtler and Elizas don't do anything except collect inflated salaries and benefits.
Private companies do all the work!

In the article....
Currently, there are more than 700 active projects underway worth more than $11 billion.

ElizaS: Posted: July 30, 2014 8:16 p.m.

I'm take lstaedtler's advice. Not worth wasting my time on here.

sixsixonestyle: Posted: July 31, 2014 1:48 a.m.

They r all corrupt! "Offramp you are a brown noser for sure"

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