With traditional calendar schools starting Monday, the Town is raising the flag on crosswalk safety.
Four crosswalks near elementary and middle schools now have flags that students can carry while crossing to lessen chances of a motorist failing to spot them in the roadway. The pilot program could expand to other locations as appropriate.
The crosswalks with hand-held flags are at:
- Holly Springs Road and Middlecrest Way, near Holly Ridge Middle School
- Holly Springs Road and Cobblepoint Way, near Holly Ridge Elementary School
- Holly Springs Road and Johnson Street, near Holly Springs Elementary School
- Avent Ferry and Cass Holt roads, near the Holly Grove schools and Holly Springs High
Here’s how the idea works:
Six orange flags and a sign explaining their use are posted at each end of the crosswalk. A student or other pedestrian grabs one of the flags, displays it while crossing, and deposits the flag on the other side. Those using the flags are asked to help keep them somewhat evenly distributed.
Flag or no flag, the same precautions apply for pedestrians at crosswalks throughout town. Holly Springs police warn pedestrians always to wait for traffic to stop before entering the street. The purpose of the flags is to make pedestrians more visible as they cross and are most vulnerable to approaching traffic.
The locations were chosen for their proximity to schools. However, the flags will be available anytime for any pedestrian wanting to increase their visibility to approaching traffic.
The pilot crosswalk flag program is an inexpensive, comparatively easy-to-implement addition to existing safety measures. These include using school resource officers to help direct school traffic as well as installing pedestrian-activated flashing beacons at select crosswalks. Holly Springs police conduct periodic monitoring of crosswalks to ensure that motorists are stopping for pedestrians as required.