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Stoplight Added on New Victory Drive in Savannah, Georgia (GA)


August 24, 2020

SAVANNAH, GA- A new traffic signal was installed on Victory Drive near Daffin Park in Savannah. A crosswalk is being added at the location as well in an effort to improve pedestrian safety in the area around the park.*

For the past week, signs have been placed along the road to warn motorists that they will soon need to be ready to stop at the intersection. 

The signal is a High-intensity Activated Cross Walk, which is called a “HAWK.” The light will not be active unless a pedestrian is present in the area and ready to cross the road. The system is designed to help people walking across US 80 when going to or from the park. By making the light only active when necessary, engineers intend to only minimally impact the flow of traffic in the area. 

Many locals had long petitioned for the installation of the device. A similar HAWK signal has been in place on Abercorn Street for the last year. 

According to local police, many people use the area to bike or walk, but drivers often fail to notice that these vulnerable road users are trying to cross through the area as well. Officers acknowledge that they will likely need to be monitoring the new signal, especially for the time being as drivers are getting used to its presence. 

When drivers violate the activated HAWK signal, they can receive a citation similar to that issued to drivers who violate red lights. 

Officers also reminded pedestrians that they need to be cautious, and should use the crosswalk rather than choosing to cross the street outside of the designated crossing. The signals are in place to protect pedestrians, but are rendered useless if people choose to cross at a different location.  

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https://www.savannahnow.com/news/20200818/new-victory-drive-stoplight-by-savannahrsquos-daffin-park-aims-to-protect-pedestrians

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