New device helping Notre Dame students cross the street

A new device is up and running to better protect those walking near Notre Dame.

Over at the east edge of campus pedestrians crossing Twyckenham near Vaness can now stop traffic, at the touch of a button. The device activates a red light designed to halt both north and southbound vehicles.

Once the walkers reach the other side, the light shuts off instead of switching to green.

The new device is unusual and will apparently take some getting used to. NewsCenter 16 Thursday witnessed more than one vehicle drive through that red light.

“There are definitely times of day when there are more people so it'll be good to have the technology where it doesn't turn red unless there's actually someone there,” said student Adrienne Runge.

“I live at Irish Row so this has been a problem for us when we're going to class or if we're walking back from class because it is always backed up and its tricky being a driver to see the person walking from either way,” explains student Brenna Blakey.

The new signal is known as a Hawk signal, which stands for High Intensity Activated Crosswalk. It's the first of its kind to be placed in St. Joseph County.

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