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Phoenix adds 50th HAWK crosswalk to keep pedestrians safer

Posted at 4:29 AM, Jun 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-07 08:50:08-04

PHOENIX — On Friday, Phoenix will dedicate the 50th High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk used to deter mid-block crossing to keep pedestrians safer. These signals are known as HAWKs and provide a crossing point between intersections.

In 2017, 56 pedestrians were killed in the city. In 2018, Phoenix police report that number soared to more than 100.

As of June 1, there have been 42 pedestrian fatalities in Phoenix this year.

The city said it has escalated its safety efforts to stop those numbers from climbing. Officials believe that these HAWK lights are a step toward a solution.

Take a look at the map below to see where each of the 50 HAWK signals have been installed across Phoenix.

So far in 2019, seven HAWKs have been installed. Eighteen more are on the schedule to be installed before the end of the year.

This latest dedication on Friday will be for the newest HAWK near 20th Street and Grand Canal to help "pedestrians and bicyclists using the improved Grand Canalscape with area improvements to the north and south of the Grand Canal," the city wrote in a press release.

For more on how HAWKS work for pedestrians and drivers, click here.