166 orange cones were arranged on the Capitol’s west steps. Each bore the name of a Caltrans worker killed on the job since 1924. One of them was 32-year old Sean Merriman, who was hit by a truck last year. His mother Jackie was among the hundreds who attended the service:
“It would be my wish that no other person – that my son would be the last for Caltrans - for at least the rest of my life if not the lifetime of California.”
Caltrans Director Will Kempton says 12 months with no fatalities bucks the national trend.
“In virtually every other state in the country, the deaths – and fatalities for maintenance workers is on the upswing. In California, they’re down. That tells me our slow for the cone zone is working.”
Kempton warns drivers there will be a lot more Caltrans workers out there in the near future. That’s because of the 20 billion dollar transportation bond voters approved.