Crosswalk Safety

How to use a HAWK Signal?

HAWK Signal Operation Sequence (Driver Responsibilities)

Signal Activity

Driver Responsibility

Dark Signal

No action is required; no pedestrian activity.

Flashing Yellow

A pedestrian has pressed the button and is waiting to cross. The driver may proceed, carefully observing the crosswalk area, in case pedestrians step out unexpectedly.

Solid Yellow

Drivers should slow and, if able, stop safely; the HAWK signal is about to change to red and give the pedestrian the “WALK” sign.

Solid Red

All vehicles are required to stop to allow pedestrians to cross.

Flashing Red

Drivers may proceed, one at a time, if the crosswalk is clear of pedestrians.

Dark Signal

The signal then goes back to dark until a pedestrian pushes the crosswalk button to restart the sequence.