California Department of Transportation

Calling all Children and Grandchildren of Caltrans Employees

Caltrans employees’ children and grandchildren 17 years of age and under can now submit highway safety art for the 2015 poster contest. This is an opportunity for the children in your family to share their thoughts and creative ideas about the importance of driving safely in or near a work zone and to be part of the educational outreach for this very important life-saving message.  Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, March 18, 2015.

Highway Safety Poster Contest Guidelines

Contest Theme:

The poster contest theme is highway safety.  Either the “Be Work Zone Alert” and/or “Move Over” phrase must appear on the poster. Artwork will be judged for its creative expression of encouraging drivers to slow down and save lives in highway work zones.


Applicants must be 17 years of age or younger and must be a child or grandchild of a Caltrans employee. 

Age Categories:          

  • 6 years old and under
  • 7 to 10  years old
  • 11 to 13 years old
  • 14 to 17 years old

Entries Must Include the Following:

  • Completed entry form (attached below)
  • Drawing on 8 ½  x 11 paper with name written in pencil on the back
  • A good quality standard color photograph of the artist with his/her Caltrans relative (copies are not acceptable).  If submitting digital photos, use highest resolution possible.   

Winning entries, photos, and bios will be included in the Fallen Workers Memorial program and on the Caltrans Cone Zone website.  In addition, posters will be on display at the statewide Fallen Workers Memorial on April 16, 2015 at the State Capitol.  After the Memorial, winners will receive a copy of their poster.


Artwork must be submitted on white 8 ½ x 11 paper.  Bold and/or bright colors reproduce best.  No computer-generated or altered artwork will be accepted. Poster can be portrait or landscape (vertical or horizontal). DO NOT FOLD ARTWORK. 


Entries must be RECEIVED in the listed public affairs office no later than Wednesday, March 18, 2015.   Entries received after that date will be disqualified for the poster contest, but will remain the property of the state and may be used in future projects.  Refer to poster contest liaison list for address and liaison information.


Posters will advance through two levels.  Each district and headquarters public affairs office will choose four posters, one from each age category, as its finalists.  A judging panel will select the four winning entries from among the finalists. 

Artwork will be judged on:

  • Reflection of theme
  • Originality
  • Use of color

Reproduction Rights:

Once received, entries and photos become and remain the property of Caltrans and may be used for a variety of purposes with no compensation to the artist or his/her Caltrans relative. 

Winning entries will be included in the 2015 Fallen Workers Memorial Program and featured on Caltrans’ Cone Zone website.  In addition, posters will be on display at the statewide Fallen Workers Memorial on April 16, 2015 at the State Capitol.  After the Memorial, winners will receive a copy of their poster.

2015 Poster Contest Liaisons | 2015 Entry Form

2014 Caltrans Highway Safety Poster Contest Winners

Work Zone Safety Tips

The California Department of Transportation wants you to return home safely to your family. The following tips are to help you stay safe while traveling through maintenance and construction work zones. Motorists can make trips a little safer by remembering the following work zone safety tips.

  • Do not speed in work zones; obey the posted speed limits.
  • Stay Alert! Expect the unexpected.
  • Watch for workers; drive with caution.
  • Don't change lanes unnecessarily.
  • Avoid using mobile phones while driving in work zones.
  • Turn on headlights so that workers and other drivers can see you.
  • Be especially alert at night while driving in work zones.
  • Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.
  • Allow ample space between you and the car in front of you.
  • Anticipate lane shifts, and merge when directed to do so.
  • Be Patient!

"Slow for the Cone Zone" Poster Contest Archives

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Cone Zone Promotions

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     Safety Tip Cards General | Espanol

     ConeZone Brochure Teen (346 KB)


Cone Zone Artwork

     Cone Zone Logo Vertical PDF (218KB) | EPS (394KB)

     Cone Zone Logo Horizontal PDF (193KB) | EPS (378KB)

Cone Zone Links

     Teen/New Drivers Sweepstakes

     Work Zone Safety

     Highway Worker Safety

     California Highway Information