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New Signal Aims to Keep Pedestrians Safe

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LAS VEGAS -- A high tech crosswalk signal is now in place to help ease the challenges of pedestrians staying safe.

At Sahara Avenue and 15th Street, the valley's first Hawk High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk signal has been installed. It is intended to keep pedestrians protected at crossings, by stopping road traffic only as needed.

Pedestrians who want to cross the street push the button, and an automated voice control gives them a command when to walk once the signals are activated on the light above. First you see a few flashing yellow lights, followed by red lights, which warn drivers in both directions to stop.

The City of Las Vegas and the Regional Transportation Commission chose this location because of the heavy foot traffic.

"There's a lot of buses exiting and entering here, so it plays into the whole Sahara Corridor Project to make sure we give safe access," said Assistant Traffic Manager with the City of Las Vegas Neil Rohleder.

Just as the signal was installed, there were some first day challenges: A transformer blew up and knocked the power out on the HAWK. The city says they are working with NV Energy to get the power restored to the new signal.

Pedestrians believe the new signal adds to their safety because of the multiple flashes it gives off to drivers while warning them to stop.

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