Students at an Elementary School Design a Special Crosswalk to Influence Drivers to Slow Down


May 05, 2019

MASSACHUSETTS - According to an online article at foxnews.com, students at an elementary school design a three dimensional crosswalk to encourage drivers to slow down their vehicles in a neighborhood in Massachusetts, according to azfamily.com.*

In a neighborhood in Massachusetts, a number of students designed a three dimensional crosswalk to help avoid pedestrian accidents.  The 3D crosswalk functions as a speed hump, which gives the appearance that it rises from the road as an optical illusion. This encourages drivers to slow down their vehicles due to the fear of damaging their automobiles.

These students had the insight to realize how important it is for drivers to avoid pedestrian accidents.  This brings to mind ways in which drivers can avoid pedestrian accidents. These are as follows:

Slow down in areas where you know pedestrians are present. Driving slowly provides you with enough time to react.  Pedestrians can be distracted and make poor choices as to where to cross the street. The slower you go, the better chance you have to avoid hitting a pedestrian.

·Leave extra distance to account for people who require extra time to cross the road, which includes senior citizens and those with handicaps. 

·Make eye contact with a pedestrian to ensure that they know you that they are visible to you. This, in essence, communicates to the pedestrian that you are aware of their presence and willing to allow them to safely cross the road.

·Be sure to follow the rules regarding stopping for school buses and observing school crossing signals and sighs.  Because children are more likely to not think before crossing and darting into the street, you must be prepared for this.

·Consider the weather.  Pedestrians who are present during inclement weather require you to slow down and consider their presence.  Especially with ice and snow, these conditions may cause you to have difficulty stopping your car in time to avoid a pedestrian.  That is why you should slow down and give yourself enough time to stop your vehicle.

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Sources:https://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/elementary-students-design-crosswalk-to-encourage-drivers-to-slow-down and https://www.azfamily.com/

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