The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) recently issued a press release about implementing their HAWK pedestrian safety beacons on busy highways. It’s no secret that busy roadways can be dangerous places for pedestrians and cyclists. In many smaller towns and neighborhoods, there may not be traffic lights, crosswalks, and other traffic systems to help protect pedestrians and cyclists as they cross roadways. Caltrans has implemented their High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk (HAWK) pedestrian beacon in a few areas across the state. The HAWK systems are for areas with busy highways that don’t have traffic lights or crosswalks.
HAWK Pedestrian Safety Beacon
Caltrans just installed another HAWK beacon on State Route 109 and Lee Avenue in Oakdale. This is the third HAWK that has been implemented. At the intersections where the HAWK beacons have already been installed, there has been a 69 percent reduction in pedestrian-related crashes. The HAWK beacon works by alerting motorists to pedestrians in the upcoming area with flashing lights. As a motorist approaches the intersection, lights will flash to warn him or her that a pedestrian is getting ready to cross the road. The lights will then turn solid to tell the motorists to stop so that the pedestrian can safely cross the roadway.
Improving Pedestrian Access and Safety in California
Implementing additional HAWK beacons is part of Caltrans’ plan to increase access and safety for pedestrians and cyclists across the State of California. Through their Active Transportation Program (ATP), they’re encouraging more people to walk and ride for short trips. In addition to increasing safety and access for pedestrians and cyclists, they’re also helping California achieve their greenhouse gas reduction goals. Additional HAWK beacons are currently located in Crescent City and Los Banos.
Pedestrian Safety in San Diego
Unfortunately, pedestrians are still one of the most vulnerable roadway user groups in California and across the nation. Pedestrians are counting on motorists to pay attention to the task of driving and share the road safely. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident in or around the San Diego or Central Coast areas, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.