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Crosswalk flags for busy intersections

Drivers are taking notice at the intersection of Lindsey Road and Māmalahoa Highway in Waimea, thanks to bright orange crosswalk flags.

The crosswalk flags are part of a pilot program by the County to increase visibility of pedestrians at busy intersections.

Black flag receptacles were installed on four corners, and pedestrians are encouraged to carry the orange crosswalk flags as they cross the street.

Janine Rees, a volunteer with the South Kohala Traffic Safety Council who launched the pilot program a week before Thanksgiving said, “there are unintended positives; fluorescent flags on four corners appear to slow down the driver.  We thought a marketing campaign was needed, but the community has learned to take a flag, cross the street and replace it back in the holder.”

Flag receptacles were installed at the intersections of Ali‘i drive and Hualālai, and Hualālai and Kuakini hwy in North Kona.

Crosswalk flag programs are planned for Hilo at Kamehameha ave, and Haili street, at Pauahi street, and in Waikoloa Village at the intersection of Paniolo and Waikoloa rd.

Crosswalk flags or pedestrian flags is used by pedestrians in Salt Lake City, Utah, Kirkland, and Wallingford, Washington.

The traffic division is supplying the flags during the pilot program.