Preventing pedestrian, car crashes with brightly colored flags

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by HONORA SWANSON

KREM.com

Posted on March 20, 2013 at 6:03 AM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 11:53 AM

COEUR d’ALENE, ID. – The city of Coeur d’Alene is going to try a low-cost way to make walkers more visible. The idea: having them carry brightly colored flags.

Officials say it’s a model that has reduced crashes in other cities. The way it works is people will have the option to pick up a flag and carry it across the street. Then they can dump it back in a canister that will be attached to a street sign.

The city will install one near Kootenai Medical Center at the intersection of Ironwood Drive and Ironwood Place. It’s one of the worst non-lit intersection for pedestrian/car crashes. The other will go on 6th and Sherman.

The cost for both is about $180.  The program should start in the next month or so.

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