Re: Another car crash - Woodley & Wisconsin at 9am

Stephanie Gerard

Re the HAWK lights at Veazey & Wisconsin that Warren mentions. The same danger occurs wherever HAWKs are installed. The flashing red lights mean to STOPĀ  but they also mean to GO! even though pedestrians still have the walk sign! How ridiculous is that?! A driver has no idea when approaching the flashing red lights if they are "before" or "after" pedestrians cross! The wee sign says "proceed on flashing red when clear" -- even though the driver can't see if the crossing is clear because of other lanes of traffic blocking sight lines. I cross the Veazey street and the Garrison street HAWKs daily, and it's a guessing game for me, Russian roulette for pedestrians. (HAWK must be the acronym for moron!)

Basic traffic math: yellow means caution/slow down, red means stop, and green means go!

HAWK eliminates green altogether. Is it some kind of politically incorrect to adhere to universal norms?

Steph Gerard
Woodley Rd

- from previous message -
[snip] I will take this opportunity to warn people about the HAWK light on Wisconsin Ave. just north of where Steph reported today's accident. I myself nearly got hit by a car on Wisconsin Ave. (I think Veazey and Wisconsin, but not certain), when I had the right of way with a walk signal at a HAWK light. But by the time I crossed, the HAWK light was no longer a solid red, but a flashing red. With the walk signal, I thought I could safely cross the street, but I was sadly mistaken. Drivers were going right through the flashing red lights, barely slowing down. It was scary, I won't ever attempt to cross a street that only has the flashing red, even if, as I did in this case, have a walk signal.

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