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Wrightsville Beach stepping up safety for students

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) - Students who choose to walk to and from Wrightsville Beach Elementary School will be able to do so safer soon. A new set of pedestrian lights are being installed at the intersection of Causeway Dr. and North Channel Dr.

According Wrightsville Beach Police Chief Dan House, the H.A.W.K. lights are being installed as a extra measure to step up safety for kids walking to school.

H.A.W.K. stands for High-intensity Activated Crosswalk. The area already has a painted cross walk, but House said this will be a more visible alert for drivers that pedestrians are crossing the street.

The lights should be especially helpful to parents and students walking to and from South Harbor Island. 

Students simply push a button and the lights turn red. This signals traffic to stop and allows pedestrians to safely cross the street. When a button is pushed, the lights will begin to flash yellow, alerting drivers to slow, before the lights turn solid red.

The Department of Transportation is in the final stages of installation. However, we aren't sure yet when the system will be activated.

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