California Department of Transportation

Slow for the Cone Zone


2011 "Slow for the Cone Zone" Poster Contest Winners

Each year, Caltrans holds its annual “Slow for the Cone Zone” poster contest. The contest is open to children and grandchildren of Caltrans employees, and it gives the children an opportunity to express their messages about the importance of driving safely in or near highway work zones, where their loved ones work in danger. It also allows them to be part of Caltrans’ educational outreach and life-saving message.

The contest was open to children 17 years old or younger, and judges selected posters based on creativity, how well the poster conveyed the highway safety theme, and the use of color. 

The winning posters appeared in the Annual Workers Memorial program and were on display at the ceremony.

Although the posters differ greatly in appearance, they all convey the same important message, “Slow for the Cone Zone.”

8 years old and under

Slow for the Cone Zone poster 8 and under Zoe Demercado Photo

Zoe Demercado is an eight-year-old third grader at Bergamo Montessori School in Sacramento. She said her grandfather, Douglas Gibson (Senior Management Auditor at Headquarters), told her that everyone should slow down when they see the Cone Zone so that the people working there can be safe. Zoe likes to play with her dog. She also likes playing her guitar and reading, and she wants to be a scientist.

9–11 years old

Poster for 9-11 year olds Spencer Cheng photo

Spencer Cheng is 11 years old and lives in San Francisco. He has seen many incidents on the road and wants to remind drivers to “slooow down.” When he grows up, Spencer wants to be a Caltrans engineer like his mom, Arlissa Pang (Senior Transportation Engineer, District 4), or a rocket scientist. Spencer is active in school, likes to build with Lego® blocks, and enjoys playing Nerf® gun battles and video games.

12–14 years old

Slow for Cone Zone poster Gabrielle Jee

Gabrielle Jee is 14 years old and lives in Yolo County. She wants people to remember that the workers who are building the roads aren’t always in the safest situations and would appreciate it if drivers were careful on the highways. Her father, Samuel Jee, works for the Division of Engineering Services as a Transportation Engineer at Headquarters. Gabrielle enjoys basketball, drawing, playing violin, and imagining the day when she’ll get a dog.

15–17 years old

Slow for the Cone Zone poster Bruno Gil Delgado and Dad

Bruno Gil Delgado is 17 years old and lives in Highland. He is in his junior year at Citrus Valley High School and plans to go to Cal Poly Pomona to study Civil Engineering. With his drawing, he wants to make sure drivers are alert near construction zones and slow down so that workers are not injured or killed. Bruno’s stepfather, Edgar Arevalo, is a Civil Transportation Engineer in District 8. Bruno’s favorite hobbies include traveling with his family and dogs, playing tennis, riding his bike, and reading.

Poster Contest Honorable Mentions

8 years old and under

Poster Poster
  Cassidy Niehaus, age 6
Manhattan Beach

9–11 years old

Julie Ryoo Poster Julie Ryoo Photo
  Julie Ryoo, age 11
El Dorado Hills

12–14 years old

Tiffany-Cheng-Poster Tiffany-Cheng
  Tiffany Cheng, age 14
San Francisco

15–17 years old

Alyssa-Jensen-Poster Alyssa-Jensen
  Alyssa Jensen, age 17