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Jul 13

Crosswalk Safety

Posted on July 13, 2022 at 11:30 AM by Amanda Huisman

With summer in full swing, make sure you and your family are familiar with crosswalk safety. Cedar Falls School Resources Officer Liesel Riemers shares these safety tips for both pedestrians and drivers including information on the new Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons now located throughout Cedar Falls. 

Drivers: Make sure to have your eyes up and off your phone. Come to a complete stop at the crosswalk and wait for pedestrians. If a vehicle in front of you is slowing down or stopped, do not pass them.

Pedestrians: It is important for pedestrians to also remember to have their eyes up and off their phones as they cross. Do not wear headphones as you will not be able to hear the traffic around you. Never jaywalk and watch for turning vehicles of all kinds. Don't walk until traffic stops. 

Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs): To enhance pedestrian visibility and increase driver awareness, RRFBs flash with high frequency and accompany a pedestrian warning sign. These beacons are strategically located at crosswalks around the city. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, RRFBs can reduce pedestrian crashes by up to 47 percent and increase motorist yielding rates by up to 98 percent. 

Learn more by clicking the video link below and safe travels this summer! 


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