About the Be Work Zone Alert Campaign

Highway construction and maintenance is one of the most dangerous jobs in California.  Our highway workers are relied upon to do more than just fix our roadways, they are counted on to come home each day. These workers have families, loved ones, brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers.  The Be Work Zone Alert campaign highlights these personal relationships by featuring the real children of Caltrans workers. That’s right, all of the children featured in this campaign are the sons and daughters of Caltrans workers who put their lives at risk each day to keep Californians safe and moving on our roadways. Read on to learn more about our Caltrans kids, and their mom or dad who is their own personal highway hero.

Meet The Kids

We asked, they answered. Meet the kids of Caltrans workers who are featured in the Be Work Zone Alert safety campaign.



Gabriel and Max

Dad: Max Alvarado, Caltrans District 3 Bridge Maintenance Supervisor

Gabriel Alvarado: Age 9

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do?
A: My favorite thing to do is reading. I think reading is interesting.

Q: What is your favorite cartoon?
A: The Amazing World of Gumball.

Q: Who is your favorite superhero?
A:  My Dad…and Batman.

Q: What is your favorite sport or activity?
A: My favorite sport is baseball!

Q: What is a happy memory?
A: My family vacation to Hawaii.

Q: What would you like to tell the drivers out there?
A: I would like to tell the drivers to SLOW DOWN and stop their distracted driving



Madyson and Ben

Grandpa: Ben Craig Caltrans District 3 Highway Maintenance Leadworker

Madyson Bosby: Age 9

Q: What is your favorite thing to do with your PapPap?
A: Laugh. We always like making jokes & laughing together. We have some great inside jokes.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do?
A: Drawing, because it’s a form of expression for me. I enjoy looking at landscapes, collage them in my mind and come up with a drawing for it. Keith Haring is one of my favorite artists.

Q: Do you have any pets?
A I have two cats named Mayvis & Jack and eleven Guppy fish.

Q: What are some of your long-term goals?
A: I would like to become an actress, photographer, go to a good college and become and Youtuber.

Q: What is your favorite sport or activity
A: Acting, dancing, songwriting, piano, ukulele, stop-motion movies, swimming, gymnastics & drawing.
 
Q: What would you like to tell the drivers out there?
A: Move over when you see the flashing amber lights. Please slow down when you are near Caltrans workers because then you and my PapPap can stay safe. Be Work Zone Alert.



Michael,
(L-R) Zachary, Jordan, Joseph, Jaycee and Taylor

Grandpa: Michael Barrios, Caltrans District 8 Highway Maintenance Leadworker

Zackary Rivera: Age 6

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do?
A: Playing sports. 

Q: What is your favorite thing to do with your grandpa?
A: Spending time and playing baseball with him.

Q: What is your favorite animal?
A: Zebra, because it starts with the letter “Z.”

Q: What is your favorite food.
A: I like burgers.

Q; What would you like to tell drivers out there?
A: Be careful my grandpa is out there.

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: I want to be a Police Officer.

Jordan Jase Salazar: Age 11

Q: What is your favorite sport?
A: Baseball! I play Second base. I love how this sport has coaches that are dedicated and try their best to get me to be a better player.

Q: What would you like to tell the drivers out there?
A: Please don’t drink and drive and be careful when you see Caltrans Workers!

Q: What do you want to do when you grow up?
A: I want to be a Baseball player. I really enjoy the game itself. I like when new players join the team because they can teach me something I never knew.

Q: What do you like to do with your family?
A: I like traveling with my family because we always dance in the car and we sing. It's always fun, especially because I get to spend time with them.

Q: What do I look forward to when you wake up?
A: Seeing my Family. You never know what can happen overnight.

Q: What are 3 words that describe you?
A:  Active, Helpful & Loving.

Jaycee Ryan Salazar: Age 12

Q: What do you like to do with your family?
A: I like to travel with my family because we get to spend time with each other. I love my family, they give me so much love and support. They always find a way to make me laugh.

Q: What is your favorite sport?
A: Volleyball. It challenges me to do my best. I get to interact with new people. I love my coaches because they believe that I can succeed and make it far in my volleyball career.

Q: What is your favorite animal?
A: A flamingo. They stand tall and are so unique. I like their color and they are super cute even though they smell. They are my spirit animal.

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: I want to be either a Police Officer or a doctor. A Police Officer because they enforce the law and make the world a better place. I'd like to be a Doctor because I like to help others and I want to learn about medicine.

Q: Do you have a hobby?
A:  Playing the Violin. I have been playing for about 3 years now. I have passion for it. I love the sounds it makes just by moving my fingers. I am going to Advanced Orchestra in middle school. I have been in advanced before in elementary school, but I am in middle school, so I started in intermediate and now moving to advanced.

Q: What are 3 words that describe you?
A: Adventurous, Funny & a little Bratty. I say adventurous because I like to visit new places all the time and try new things. Funny because of the voices I make and the things I say. A little bratty because I can have an attitude at times. I calm down in about 5-10 minutes. I usually stay quiet when I am mad because I don’t want to talk to anybody so I can calm down.

Joseph Williams Salazar: Age 14

Q: What are your future goals?
A: To graduate high school, get accepted into a four-year university, play baseball and graduate with a degree that can help me get a good job

Q: What is something your parents tell you?
A: My parents always tell me is to focus on what's important.  Sports come after schooling. It’s called a Student-Athlete for a reason.

Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: The Nightmare Before Christmas because I like the classical richness of the movie. The songs are catchy and the characters are outstandingly great.

Q: What scares me the most?
A: Jump scares. They are surprising, and they make my heart stop and skip a beat at the same time.

Q; If you could change anything, what would it be?
A: I could change the world and stop global warming and pollution.

Q: What I would want to tell drivers out there?
A: Don’t text and drive.  Don’t speed.  Pay attention to the road and just be careful.  DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE!

Taylor Barrios-Rivera: Age 17

Q: What is your favorite thing to do with your grandpa?
A: Spending time and playing baseball with him.

Q: What is your favorite animal?
A: Tigers, because they are the leader of the pack and are fearless.

Q; If you wrote a book, would the title be?
A: She Proved Them Wrong.

Q: Where is your favorite place in the world?
A: Disneyland

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: I want to be an athletic trainer and a professional dancer.



Prince and Gabriela

Dad: Prince Charles, Caltrans District 10 Landscape Maintenance Worker

Gabriela Charles: Age 4

Q: What is your favorite thing to do?
A: Stay home, because I can relax.

Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Cheese Pizza

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: Wonder Woman

Q: What is your favorite sport or activity?
A: Soccer

Q: If you wrote a book, what would the title be?
A: The Princess.

Q: What would you like to tell the drivers out there?
A: Slow down when there is a worker.



Emilio, Guillermo and Amanda

Dad: Guillermo Flores, Caltrans District 11 Equipment Operator ll

Amanda Flores: Age 3

Q: What is your favorite thing to do with your dad?
A: Help my dad to work outside, because I like to be with him. He's fun.

Q: What's your favorite thing to do?
A: Draw and paint because I get better every time.

Q: What do you like to do with your dad when he gets home from work?
A: Take a nap.

Q: What is your favorite animal?
A: Panther because of Black Panther.

Q: If you wrote a book, what would its title be?
A: How to be kind.

Q: What is the best thing that has happened to you?
A: Having friends.

Emilio Flores: Age 5

Q: What is your favorite thing to do with your dad?
A: To play with mud, because is fun.

Q: Where is your favorite place in the world?
A: The ranch (home).

Q: What do you like to do with your dad when he gets home from work?
A: Play hide and seek. Then I whistle, so he can find me.

Q: What is your favorite animal?
A: A little puppy because I can hold him like a baby.

Q: What is your favorite sport or activity?
A: Running because I can run very fast.

Q: What is the best thing that has happened to you?
A: Making cakes.



Orlando, Oscar and Mia

Dad: Oscar Juarez, Caltrans District 7 Maintenance Supervisor

Mia Ellie Juarez: Age 6

Q: What do you like to do with your dad when he gets home from work?
A: My favorite thing to do with dad is wrestle. Me and my brother pillow fight and then dad tickles us.

Q: What is your favorite animal and why?
A; My favorite animal is a Jaguar because they are cute.

Q: What is your favorite food?
A: My favorite food is pizza.

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: I want to be a vet because they take care of animals and I want to take care of animals too.

Q: What is your favorite sport or activity?
A: My favorite activity is science and art.

Q: Where is your favorite place in the world? 
A: My favorite place in the world is Cancun because I get to go to the beach and swim a lot.

Q: What would you like to tell the drivers out there?
A: I would like to tell drivers to be careful on the road and not use their phones because they can crash, and my daddy works on the freeway and I want him to be safe and come home to his family.

Orlando Juarez: Age 9

Q: What is your favorite thing to do with your family?
A: I like to go on bike rides and hiking because it is fun and exciting.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do?
A: My favorite thing to do is play Fortnite because it teaches me how to build structures and me and my friends play together.

Q: What do you like to do with your dad when he gets home from work?
A: I like to play four square with my dad because we enjoy playing and competing to see who is the winner.

Q: What is your favorite animal?
A: My favorite animal is a dog because he keeps me company and is a man;s best friend. ;

Q: What is your favorite sport or activity?
A: My favorite sport is soccer because it is fun and energizing.

Q: What would you like to tell the drivers out there?
A: I want to tell drivers to be safe, don’t drink and drive and pay attention because my dad is on the road working.



David, Matthew, David and Noah

Dad: David Maldonado, Caltrans District 8 Highway Maintenance Leadworker

Noah Maldonado: Age 5

Q: What is your favorite thing to do with your family?
A: Going to the park with grandpa.

Q: What is your favorite animal?
A: My new baby goats because they go meeeeh.

Q: What is your favorite sport
A: Soccer is my favorite.

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: A firefighter.

Q: What would you like to tell the drivers out there?
A: Don’t hit my dad.

Matthew Maldonado: Age 7

Q: What is your favorite thing to do with your family?
A: Going to parties.

Q: What is your favorite animal?
A: My pony Buzz because I like riding him.

Q: What is your favorite food?
A: My dad’s homemade mc muffin and pancakes.

Q: What would you like to tell the drivers out there?
A: Slow down when people are working.

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: A chocolate factory worker so I can bring chocolate home every day

David Maldonado: Age 14

Q: What is your favorite thing to do with your family?
A: Going to Mexico with grandpa.

Q: What is the best thing that has happened to you?
A: Playing sports and getting horse lessons.

Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Steak

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: A homicide detective.

Q: If you wrote a book, what would its title be?
A: The Journey



Norma, Michael and Milinda

Mom: Norma Murillo, Caltrans District 11 Landscape Worker

Michael A. Ortega: Age 11

Q: What is your favorite thing to do with your family?
A: My brother gets excited when he watches a game and I find it funny. Play games, run around indoors, because they are my family and they love me. My grandma makes things for us.

Q: What do you like to do with your mom when she gets home from work?
A: I make her feel welcome, I get happy and excited.  We can make something in the kitchen, play and hug her obviously. Go places like the store, bike riding, and to the park.

Q: If you had a Super Power what would it be?
A: Flying, because I would take shortcuts getting everywhere.

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: An animator, cartoonist, artist and to be successful.

Q: Where is your favorite place in the world?
A: Favorite place in the whole world, where I am now, San Diego.

Q: What is your favorite book?
A: A Dog’s Journey, because I like the dog and it’s a series book, a sequel. It keeps going it doesn’t end.

Milinda D. Ortega: Age 11

Q: What is your favorite thing to do?
A: Baking, painting, sketching, making crafts, playing with Maya (dog), and bike ride a lot. It’s very peaceful when you’re with yourself. Stay productive.

Q: What your favorite thing about your mom?
A: She love us and is a hard worker.

Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Pasta.  I love pasta the juiciness of the sauce mixed with the seasoning and that big fat meatball and arroz con leche, cookies, and ice cream.

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: I want to be lots of things. Fashionista, painter, artist, baker, a chef, a pet shelter owner, and a dancer, that’s important. A youtuber, anything that makes me happy and helps me be successful like going to college or university.

Q: What is your favorite sport or activity?
A: Sport:  Soccer, because it’s competitive and fun. And I like running and doing tricks. Ballet is very graceful, torturing, and its very fun too.

Q: What is the best thing that has happened to you?
A: Being born with my twin brother.



Lanays and Jade

Mom: Lanays Reid, Caltrans District 7 Transportation Engineer, Civil

Jade Reyes-Reid: Age 14

Q: What is your favorite thing to do with your mom?
A: I like to go shopping with my mom and going to the movies with her.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do?
A:  Listen to music and to watch movies on Netflix; it’s relaxing after school.

Q: What do you like to do with your mom when she gets home from work?
A: Talk to her about how her day went.

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: I want to go into the medical field or into law. I’m currently leaning more towards Law.

Q: Where is your favorite place in the world?
A: The ocean/beach. It’s my favorite places are the Santa Monica Pier or swim in the Pacific Ocean in Panama with my family.

Q: What would you like to tell the drivers out there?
A: Drive safe and pay attention to the road.



Manuel and Adriana

Grandpa: Manuel Rivas, Caltrans District 11 Senior Transportation Engineer

Adriana Rivas: Age 11

Q: What is your favorite thing to do with your grandpa?
A: I like to play Uno with my grandpa because I am super competitive and good at it.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do?
A: My favorite thing to do is make slime because it's fun and after I get to play with my creation.

Q; What is your favorite animal?
A: My favorite animal is a cheetah because they're super-fast like my wheelchair.

Q: What is your favorite food?
A: My favorite food is spaghetti.

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: I want to be a therapist when I grow up because I am good with people.

Q: Where is your favorite place in the world?
A: My favorite place in the world is Italy.



Shad, Cruz and Ace

Dad: Shad Sarti, Caltrans District 2 Equipment Operator ll

Ace Sarti: Age 9

Q: What is your favorite thing to do with your family?
A: Race dirt bikes and camp, because I have fun.

Q: What do you like to do with your and mom dad when they get home from work?
A: In the summer I like to swim in the pool, and in the winter, I like to work on the bikes to get them ready for the races every weekend.

Q: What is your favorite animal and why?
A: My German Shepperd, because he is cute and cuddly.

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: I want to be a Game Warden to keep animals safe.

Q: What is your favorite sport and activity?
A: Racing Motocross and Cross country and baseball.

Q: What would you like to tell the drivers out there?
A: Please don’t drink and drive because I want my dad to come home every day.

Cruz Sarti: Age 13

Q: What is your favorite thing to do with your family and why?
A: Riding and racing dirt bikes with them, because I get to see my friends I race against on the weekends and It’s like one big family when we race.

Q: What is your favorite animal?
A: My German Shepperd because he is my best friend and he makes a great pillow.

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: I want to be an engineer or a California Highway Patrol or a Coast Guard helicopter pilot.

Q: What is your favorite sport and activity?
A: Motocross and baseball.

Q: Where is your favorite place in the world?
A: On the track racing my dirt bike.

Q: What would you like to tell the drivers out there?
A: That when they’re in a work zone, PLEASE stay off your phone.



Rylynn, Ryan and Tyler

Dad: Ryan Scott Smith, Caltrans District 6 Equipment Operator 1

Rylynn Smith: Age 3

Q: What is your favorite thing to do with daddy?
A: To read books and act goofy with daddy because he is just fun and crazy.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do?
A: To blow bubbles.

Q: What are your favorite animals?
A: A magical unicorn and my donkey named Bella because she talks to me when she comes outside of the house. She says, “hee haw.”

Q; What is your favorite food?
A:  Chinese.

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: I want to be a baker and bake cupcakes and cakes with sprinkles, lots of sprinkles.

Q: Where is your favorite place?
A: The zoo because I like to see all the animals.

Tyler Smith: Age 4

Q: What is your favorite thing to do with daddy?
A:   To ride the tractor on the ranch and work outside because it’s fun to play in the dirt and get messy.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do?
A: To play with his wooden train set.

Q: What is your favorite animal:
A: My baby alpaca named Elvis because I get to feed him hay. 

Q; What is your favorite food?
Q: Rice putting.

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: I want to drive tractors for Caltrans.

Q: Where is your favorite place?
A: The beach because I like to play in the water and sand.



Jahlil and Gia

Grandma: Gia Whiteside, Caltrans District 4 Safety Officer

Jahlil Ratchford: Age 6

Q: What is your favorite thing to do with your grandma?
A: I like shopping at Target for toys with my GiGi. 

Q: What is your favorite thing to do?
A: I like spending time with my family and having fun.

Q: What do you like to do with your mom when he/she gets home from work? 
A: I like playing Fortnite with my mom.

Q: What is your favorite food? 
A; Chicken is my favorite food.

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: Be on the SWAT Team.

Q: What is your favorite sport or activity?
A:  I like playing football.