The town of Windsor has installed multiple pedestrian beacons, called Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons, throughout town. These beacons have been proven to decrease pedestrian accidents and make crossing the street safer for everyone.
Each beacon has two LED lights that flash when a pedestrian crosses over. Some lights are activated by a button, and some are automatically triggered by sensors.
The beacons are also solar-powered, and the led lights only turn on when a pedestrian crosses the street, which heavily cuts down on taxes and energy costs.
The LED lights are designed so that they will be visible to drivers from farther away. That way, drivers know to slow down when they see the lights, and stop at the crosswalk until the pedestrian has safely reached the other side.
Pedestrian beacons are not stop signs. Therefore, cars are allowed to continue as usual when no one is crossing the street.
Despite the advantage of LED lights, it is important to always exercise caution and look both ways when crossing the street.
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