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HAWK: High Intensity Activated Crosswalk


A HAWK signal is traffic light that is activated by a pedestrian pushing a button. The purpose of a HAWK signal is to provide a safe pedestrian crossing at high-volume locations.

When a HAWK signal is inactive and dark (unlit), it does not restrict vehicle movements on the underlying roadway and pedestrians are shown a DONT WALK signal. When a pedestrian activates the HAWK, then the signal starts flashing yellow, then steady yellow, then double red lights. Vehicles must slow for yellow and stop on red. At the same time, the pedestrian is given a WALK signal indicating it is safe and legal to cross the roadway.

HAWK signal video (YouTube)

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