PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Pedestrian safety requires responsible action from both the person on foot and the person behind the wheel. Drivers need to be aware of their surroundings constantly, and pedestrians need to avoid walking out into traffic out checking to make sure it's safe.

[WATCH: People Caught Misbehaving when pedestrians cross Phoenix streets]

A couple of the issues in Phoenix relates to how drivers ignore people in fully marked crosswalks. Stanley Roberts looked at one location at 21st Avenue and Indian School, where pedestrians are in a fully-marked crosswalk with flashing lights. Still, drivers ignore them, creating dangerous situations for people crossing.

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Another issue is how pedestrians cross the street. In Phoenix, on some roads like the one near 40th Street and McDowell Road, the crosswalks can be far away from each other, causing people to cross where there are no crosswalks.

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What often happens is that people attempting to cross the street outside of the crosswalk are getting hit by cars, sometimes fatally. Under Arizona law, if anyone crossing outside of the crosswalk must yield to traffic. Also, many times people are crossing with no reflective wear, making them virtually invisible to drivers.

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The City of Phoenix has been installing the HAWK crosswalk system around, and they will be installed at both locations to help improve pedestrian safety.

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Caught Misbehaving with Stanley Roberts exposes individuals who brazenly defy the law or common courtesy, risking social and/or legal consequences. His reports air regularly on CBS 5 News at 10 p.m.
 
 


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