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CHP and Caltrans concerned with people stopping

Posted at 5:50 PM, Feb 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-26 21:51:00-05

When it comes to highway 58, cars, trucks and motorcycles go flying by.

But it's what's in the distance that has people stopping.

Something that Cal-trans and the highway patrol are concerned about.

CHP Officer Robert Rodriguez said earlier, "You can not stop on the side of the road unless it's an emergency."

And while the flowers are a beautiful site, they are NOT an emergency.

We advise strongly not to pull over on the side of the road on highway 58 to take pictures of wild flowers," said Rodriguez. "If you absolutely have to pull off the roadway on highway 58 we advise you to exit the freeway."

But with highway 223 towards Arvin, the law is a little different.

"If you're really, really close to traffic lanes, we strongly advise that you not park very close to traffic lanes," said Rodriguez. "As long as there is ample space off the roadway and you're not blocking traffic lanes and if it's a safe location for you to do so there, then go ahead and take you pictures there."

So the next time you're on the road and see the hillside painted with flowers, just remember.

"If you're pulled over and you're just there to take pictures of the flowers or the scenery, you can be cited and you will be told to leave."