HAWK signals, or High-intensity Activated Crosswalks, are a type of pedestrian signal that is activated by pedestrians when they push a button. They are typically located at mid-block crosswalks and intersections where there is a high volume of pedestrian traffic, such as near schools, hospitals, and shopping centers.
HAWK signals are effective because they give pedestrians the exclusive right-of-way to cross the street. When a HAWK signal is activated, all traffic must stop until all pedestrians have crossed safely. This makes HAWK signals much safer for pedestrians than traditional crosswalks, where they must rely on drivers to yield to them.
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to safely navigate a HAWK signal in a car:
- Approach the HAWK signal and slow down.
- Be prepared to stop if the signal is activated.
- If the HAWK signal is flashing red, proceed with caution.
- If the HAWK signal is solid red, stop. Pedestrians have the right-of-way and you must yield to them.
- Wait for the HAWK signal to change to flashing red before proceeding. This means that pedestrians have finished crossing and you may proceed with caution.
Here are some additional tips for navigating a HAWK signal safely:
- Be aware of your surroundings and watch for pedestrians at all times.
- Make eye contact with pedestrians to ensure that they see you and are stopping.
- Do not proceed through a HAWK signal until it is safe to do so.
- If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your local law enforcement agency.
HAWK signals are a valuable safety tool for both pedestrians and drivers. By following these tips, you can help to keep everyone safe on the road.