PIMA COUNTY, AZ ( Tucson News Now) - Pima County officials are testing new safety measures for pedestrians with a different kind of crosswalk. It's called a Rapid Rectangular Flashing Beacon.
This is a cheaper alternative to HAWK (High Intensity Activated Crosswalk Beacon) lights, where a pedestrian pushes a button, signaling lights to go off and warn drivers when that pedestrian crosses the road. These new beacons are supposed to do the same thing, but much more cost effectively.
They cost around $20 thousand to put up, versus a price tag of about $150 thousand for HAWK lights. The county has just one beacon up right now near Marsh Station and The Arizona Trail in Vail, east of Tucson.
It's a pilot program, but more could be in the works in the county if it's successful.