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New Signal Beacon Alerts Motorists to pedestrians attempting to Cross University Drive
Aug 31, 2018 - 6:24:09 PM

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(BIS Photo/Raymond A. Bethel, Sr.)

A new signal beacon – High Intensity Activated Cross Walk (HAWK) – has been placed to facilitate safe pedestrian crossing between the University of The Bahamas Oakes Field Main Campus and the university’s Michael H. Eldon Complex. 

Minister of works, the Hon. Desmond Bannister, University of The Bahamas President Dr. Rodney D. Smith, Ministry of Works officials, and representatives of the Student Government Association (SGA) held a press conference on Thursday, August 30, 2018 to announce the implementation of the new HAWK system in a vicinity where in recent times three persons have been injured by oncoming vehicles.  The system was activated in time for the beginning of the Fall Semester at UB.

Minister Bannister in his remarks, delivered at the crosswalk, especially applauded executives of the university’s Student Government Association who pressed for installation of the signal beacon.  He declared he was impressed by the leadership the students demonstrated in their resolve to partner with the government in taking steps to protect the wellbeing of fellow students, and the general public.

(BIS Photo/Raymond A. Bethel, Sr.)

The HAWK system is a beacon designed to alert motorists to the presence of pedestrians, and to assist pedestrians in crossing safely: It alerts traffic to come to a stop with a red signal; and prompts pedestrians to use the crosswalk with a WALK signal.

Deputy Director of Works, Damien Francis implored motorists to drive cautiously in this 25-mile-per-hour, busy, zone; and for pedestrians to be ever watchful of vehicles potentially overtaking in the area.

UB President Dr. Rodney Smith on behalf of students, faculty, staff and pedestrians using the crosswalk thanked the Bahamas Government, with a special thank you to Minister Bannister, for the additional safety mechanism implemented.

In the photos at the press conference: Minister of Works Desmond Bannister addresses the media and crosses the street with UB President Dr. Rodney Smith, along with student government representatives.  Students can be seen using the pedestrian crossing with the assistance of the new HAWK system.  (BIS Photos/Raymond A. Bethel, Sr.)

(BIS Photo/Raymond A. Bethel, Sr.)

(BIS Photo/Raymond A. Bethel, Sr.)

(BIS Photo/Raymond A. Bethel, Sr.)


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