On Tuesday, the 18th Caltrans Workers Memorial will be held in Sacramento on the west steps of the Capitol. It is a solemn tribute to those who have unselfishly paid the ultimate price. This year's ceremony will be held in conjunction with the National Worker Zone Awareness Week.
In 2007 alone, Caltrans lost three workers, and there were several other injuries incurred to our people by errant motorists. I was part of the massive funeral procession when Caltrans lost its last highway worker. The camaraderie that exists is comparable to that of law enforcement and for firefighters.
The sole intent of this letter is to bring attention to those who travel our highways, city streets and even county roads. As a motorist, if you should come upon signs indicating "road work ahead," then your alert level should be heightened and your speed should be decreased. The lives you save might be ours.