What are High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk Signals?
They are commonly referred to as HAWK signals or Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons. These HAWK signals are traffic devices that are used to assist pedestrians in crossing busy streets.
Why use a HAWK signal?
HAWK signals provide a safer crossing alternative compared to traditional crosswalks. They are especially effective on busy streets with mid-block crossings. Unlike traditional signal crosswalks, the HAWK’s are only used when a pedestrian activates the signal.
Activating the HAWK signal
When a pedestrian presses the push button, approaching drivers will see a flashing yellow signal indicating that they should be prepared to stop for pedestrians. The signal then changes to a solid yellow, then a solid red light indicating for drivers to stop. Pedestrians will then be instructed to cross. When the dual red lights begin to alternate, vehicles must stop for pedestrians, but may proceed if there are no pedestrians in the crosswalk.
The signal will eventually time out and turn dark. At this stage, traffic should resume their typical movement through the crosswalk.
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