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What’s Driving You Crazy? Pedestrians using the HAWK Beacon

TUCSON – People at a pedestrian crossing is What’s Driving You Crazy.
News 4 Tucson viewer, Steve wrote in and said, “People don’t seem to know whether to stop or go at the flashing red lights.”

News 4 Tucson’s Allie Potter reached out to the Tucson Department of Transportation and they said Steve is right. Some drivers get confused.It all started in the late 1990s when the city of Tucson introduced the HAWK beacon to help increase pedestrian safety.

“What we found in subsequent studies since we introduced the HAWK is we get about a 90 percent compliance rate between motorist to allow pedestrians to cross,” said Tucson Department of Transportation public information officer Mike Graham.
“The regular crosswalks without the beacon, we are seeing maybe a 60 percent compliance. As you can see there is a real high compliance rate when it comes to motorist stopping for pedestrians.”

Right now, there is around 125 HAWK crossings throughout Tucson. But many drivers get confused on what to do when they see the lights.

“When the pedestrian activates the push button at the crossing, the light will flash yellow to get the driver’s attention there is about to be a traffic,” said Graham.

Then you will see a solid yellow which turns into a solid red light. That allows the pedestrian to cross the road while drivers are stopped.

Next, is a flashing red light.

“You are to stop and make sure the pedestrian has cleared the crosswalk before proceeding,” said Graham.

What’s Driving You Crazy? Email your questions or concerns to Allie Potter whatsdrivingyoucrazy@kvoa.com

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