UDOT to Launch New Technology Making Crosswalks Safer for Students, Crossing Guards
UDOT first in the nation to arm local school crossing guards with tool to enable longer “walk” time during peak hours
Media availability where the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) will unveil a new technology that allows school crossing guards to add extra “walk” time on a crosswalk signal during peak periods. This increases safety by allowing students more time to get across the busy street.
Crossing guards can add an extra 10-15 seconds of “walk time” by using a newly engineered key on signal boxes that not only increases safety but also allows traffic to continue moving smoothly and efficiently throughout the day.
UDOT’s Traffic Operations Center is the first in the nation to develop this technology.
Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 7:45 a.m.
Crosswalk at 2200 West 9000 South in West Jordan near Hawthorn Academy and West Vale Elementary
UDOT School and Pedestrian Safety Program Manager Cherissa Olson
– Crossing guards activating signal boxes to add extra walk time
– Crossing guards guiding children safely through crosswalk to school