By Florida law, every intersection is a crosswalk. The law makes no distinction between marked and unmarked crossings. Engineering – typically consisting of signs, road striping, medians, signals, and signal timing, provides visual cues pedestrians rely on at busier intersections to determine who has the right of way.
The Center for Education and Research in Safety (CERS) team along with City of Orlando and Orange County engineers conducted an audit of specific intersections which were targeted for enforcement and engineering improvements.
Here are some general recommendations of low-cost engineering enhancements we are working to implement in conjunction with local municipalities:
- Use advance yield or stop markings at selected crosswalks
- Paint solid lane lines starting at the beginning of the dilemma zone and ending at the advance yield or stop markings
- Install in-street “Yield to Pedestrian” signs’ at selected crosswalks
- Use ‘‘Crosswalk Law Enforcement’’ portable signs reminding drivers of the presence of enforcement and the penalty for violating pedestrian right-of-way
- Optional – Install rectangular rapid flash beacon devices at high traffic midblock crosswalk with low driver yielding compliance
- Install small 8’’x10” prompting signs at crosswalks to instruct pedestrians on how to cross safely