Farmington, MI. (January 26, 2017). Several citizens experienced vehicles refusing to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk located on Farmington Rd. at State St. As a result they felt unsafe and brought their concerns to the attention of the City. The City views public safety as an area of great concern. As such these citizen comments were taken seriously and action was taken to address them by installing an improved crosswalk indicator called a rapid flashing beacon.
The flashing beacon strobes a bright yellow for about 21 seconds after the user presses the cross button. This will present to drivers a striking and eye-catching lighted warning that a pedestrian will be entering the crosswalk.
On November 21, 2016, City Council approved $43,467.00 for the installation of a Rapid Flashing Beacon at the crosswalk on Farmington Rd at State St. The funds came from three (3) sources and the total will be divided equally among them, $14,489.00 paid by each: the Road Commission for Oakland County, Oakland County, and the Farmington Downtown Development Authority.
Construction began on December 12, 2016 and was completed on January 18, 2017. This crosswalk flashing beacon will enhance the visibility of pedestrians in the crosswalk and alert drivers more effectively. It is part of the City’s continuing efforts to enhance the safety and well-being of residents and visitors. Plans are in the works to install additional rapid flashing beacons at key crosswalks in the downtown district.
Farmington Public Safety Director Frank Demers said, "The addition of the rapid flashing beacon technology will certainly contribute to the safety of pedestrians as they cross Farmington Road. However, it is important to remember that vehicles have the right of way until the pedestrian physically enters the roadway. When preparing to cross, pedestrians are reminded to do the following:
Before entering the crosswalk, press the button and wait for the beacon to begin flashing.
Always use caution when entering the crosswalk. Once you are in the crosswalk, vehicles are required to yield for you, but some distracted drivers may not see you."