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AB-759 Traffic safety: work zones: positive protection measures.(2019-2020)

As Amends the Law Today
As Amends the Law on Nov 18, 2019

 (a) The Legislature finds and declares both of the following:
(1) People who construct and maintain California’s roads and transportation infrastructure deserve a safe working environment and to be protected from preventable injury and death. Therefore, protecting construction and maintenance workers is a high priority.
(2) Requiring the Department of Transportation to specify the appropriate use of positive protection measures, as described in subdivision (a) of Section 92.1 of the Streets and Highways Code, and to provide compensation for optional safety devices when requested by a contractor on a public works project will greatly reduce preventable injuries and deaths to construction and maintenance workers and drivers.
(b) It is the intent of the Legislature to enhance the safety of California’s road and transportation infrastructure projects by enacting this act.

SEC. 2.

 Section 92.1 is added to the Streets and Highways Code, to read:

 (a) The department shall update guidance by July 1, 2021, to specify the appropriate use of positive protection measures, including, but not limited to, automated flagger assistance devices, buffer lanes, impact attenuator vehicles, and temporary barriers, with the goal of isolating workers or work zones from traffic.
(b) Where the department’s updated guidance allows, but does not require, use of a safety device, the department shall provide compensation for the optional safety device when requested by a contractor on a public works project.
(c) The department shall submit a report to the Legislature by January 1, 2024, in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code that includes findings and recommendations on the use of positive protection measures used pursuant to this section.
(d) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2025, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute that is enacted before January 1, 2025, deletes or extends that date.