PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Phoenix is high on the list for pedestrian-related crashes for different reasons.

One reason is driver inattentiveness and speed. Another is pedestrians wandering aimlessly into traffic.

To curb the onslaught of crashes and lower the rate of pedestrian deaths, Phoenix installed nearly 50 HAWK pedestrian crosswalk systems.

[WATCH: Jaywalking Phoenix pedestrians caught misbehaving by new crosswalk]

HAWK stands for High-intensity Activated Crosswalk. The system is designed to make it safer for people to cross the street.

However, it's only as safe as the people who use it. You can build it, but it doesn't mean people will actually use it.

Even with the crosswalk 20 feet away, pedestrians will still jaywalk while drivers run the red light.

The way the HAWK System works is simple. For drivers, when the light is flashing yellow, it means proceed with caution. When the light is a solid yellow, it means drivers should prepare to stop. As flashing red means to stop and proceed with caution, solid red means stop.

For pedestrians walking the crosswalk, push the button and wait for the walk signal. Start walking when the walk signal is visible. If the countdown starts while the pedestrian is already walking, they should keep walking. If they haven't started walking yet and the countdown appears, they shouldn't start walking.

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Phillup Witgas

I think that's a little to hard for most Phoenicians to understand. Heck, they can barley walk and chew gum at the same time....


Trust no one behind the wheel or on the sidewalk. If you just think like that, you won't need to rely on anything else for your safety, it's UP TO YOU, period.


Arizona legislation Section 28-793 prohibits pedestrians from “jaywalking,” or crossing the roadway where there is not a marked crosswalk or intersection. ... Doing so constitutes jaywalking, and may lead to pedestrian liability.


OK Stanley you just cannot admit that 99% of the problem is the pedestrians crossing the street illegally. You always have to comment about cars running red lights, etc. but how about being more honest and post exactly how many pedestrians are crossing illegally EVERY TIME there is an incident? There is something wrong with your thinking.


Or better yet there is something wrong with your thinking Dean.


So there is something wrong with you in that you cross the street illegally and blame drivers for not stopping?


No there is nothing wrong with me. You're the one who threw out a stat, 99%, that I'm sure you have no credible sources for.


I do believe though the law indicates drives are suppose to yield right-away to pedestrians regardless as to where they are crossing.


@ tuazo93...pedestrians only have the right away in designated crossing areas. Otherwise it is jaywalking and illegal. This is why there are so many pedestrians causing accidents, ignorance of laws.


Just check on how many pedestrians have been hit in crosswalks when they had the light with them and you will see that I am right.

Agustus Gloop

Hey Dean!!!
You do much walking? I walk at the mall, with all my mall walking friends. So many great mall walking friends. They can be your friends too. Post your address, real name and address and I'll get you jumped into a mall walking friends group, near you.


Just what does that have to do with the subject of illegally crossing a street?

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