SLO County Roundup

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A new law to increase the safety of Caltrans highway workers requires motorists to move over or slow down when they see a Caltrans vehicle flashing warning lights.

Senate Bill 240, introduced by state Sen. Roderick Wright, D-Inglewood, adds Caltrans vehicles displaying flashing amber warning lights to the list of vehicles for which motorists must slow down and, if safe, move over to a lane not immediately adjacent to the stationaryvehicle.

“This protects the safety of our workers,” Caltrans Director Randy Iwasaki said in a statement. “Highway workers face the same dangers from fast-moving traffic as emergency personnel and tow-truck operators.”

Since 1924, 174 Caltrans workers have died while working.

To date, 45 other states have enacted similar laws. Violation of the new law is punishable by a fine of up to $50.

— AnnMarie Cornejo

San Luis Obispo

Hospice of San Luis Obispo County will celebrate the Day of the Dead on Monday.

The public is welcome to the free Dia de los Muertos event scheduled from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. that celebrates the Latin American holiday honoring deceased loved ones and friends.

Hospice is located at 1304 Pacific St. in San Luis Obispo across from Scolari’s and Rite Aid.

The event will include a blessing ceremony and three performances by musicians from the county Jazz Federation.

An altar honoring loved ones will be on display, and the public is welcome to bring photographs, flowers, candles and any other article to be placed on the altar in memory of late family and friends.

Educational talks about the tradition will be given throughout the day. For more information, call Lidia Arango McCune at 544-2266.

— Nick Wilson

Cal Poly

The university’s Haunted Corn Maze is set for tonight from 5 to 9.

Families with young children may take advantage of the family-friendly hour at the maze from 5 to 6 p.m.

Children younger than 5 are admitted for free. The cost is $3 for children ages 5 to 12 and $5 for those 13 and older.

Children, teens and adults are encouraged to come in costume “and ready to be scared,” according to Cal Poly officials.

The planned corn maze became unusable following the recent heavy rain storm. Students from this year’s Crops Club went to work after the storm ended and created a new maze in another corn field on campus.

Parking is available at the Cal Poly Dairy on Mt. Bishop Road off Highland Drive; follow posted signs to the maze.

— Nick Wilson