A new crosswalk was recently installed across the multiple busy lanes of Six Flags Drive in Austell, Georgia. Four people have died attempting to cross this street, and the crosswalk was implemented to encourage drivers to slow down and be more aware of pedestrians crossing the street.
The crosswalk cost $60,000, and Cobb County residents want to make sure it will really improve safety before installing more on other busy roads. Even with the new crosswalk, some pedestrians will still cross the street unsafely.Crosswalk Sign
Whenever a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle, very serious injuries usually occur. I support any measure to decrease pedestrian injuries. I think installing crosswalks on busy streets is a great idea, and imperative in keeping people safe. I think we should give Austell residents time to get used to the new safety improvements on Six Flags Drive, and increase education of crosswalk use if it seems like pedestrians are not taking advantage of the new safety feature.
If we see an improvement in pedestrian safety from the crosswalk, chances are we will see more and more of these crop up on busy streets across the state. There have been a lot of injuries in Cobb County recently, with fatal pedestrian accidents on Austell Road and Atlanta Road. There is obviously a need for more safety measures to be implemented.
Read Ty’s article, Pedestrian Accidents – More Common Than You Think.