3D Crosswalk Installed in Boston Suburb to Reduce Accidents
With drivers more distracted than ever before, unfortunately, it can be easy for drivers to not notice crosswalks, and continue driving through them without stopping. A Medford elementary school has installed a 3D crosswalk near a pickup area in order to help encourage drivers to slow down and stop for pedestrians.
The crosswalk is painted in a way to give the illusion that it is three-dimensional. The logic behind this choice is that the design will alert drivers, who will be more likely to notice the crosswalk and stop to ensure students can safely cross.
Students and Local Government Working Together for a Safer Community
Two elementary school students were behind the idea for the crosswalk in Medford. The two children are involved in the Center for Citizenship at their school, which is an organization where students can work with local officials to take action and make Medford safer.
They were inspired to take action when the brother of one of the students was nearly hit at the intersection.
This crosswalk design is one of the first of its kind in the United States. A 3D crosswalk was installed in London in February of this year.
How Prevalent are Pedestrian Accidents?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 6,000 pedestrians are killed in traffic accidents each year.
Alarmingly, approximately one in five children under the age of 15 who were killed in traffic accidents were pedestrians. This is why measures such as this new crosswalk are crucial for drivers to slow down and save lives.
Are Pedestrian Accidents Common in Boston?
As we reported in a recent blog post, a startling 70% of Boston traffic fatalities in 2016 were pedestrians. This is unacceptable, and their lives should not have been taken.
In order to help save lives, drivers and pedestrians alike must be more alert and take precautions to avoid accidents.
- Only cross at crosswalks
- Make sure traffic is clear before crossing
- Never look down at a phone
- Avoid talking on a phone
- Avoid using headphones
- Always keep their eyes on the road
- Avoid distracted driving
- Watch out for pedestrians
- Yield to pedestrians when they have the right of way
- Be extra observant at night
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