Safety and Traffic Engineering

HAWK Signals

The HAWK – High-intensity Activated crossWalK – signal is a next-generation pedestrian signal that increases safety for people crossing the street while reducing the amount of delay for vehicles.

Why Use Them

Studies show that more than 90% of motorists properly yield to pedestrians in crosswalks using HAWK signals.

How They Work

The animated graphic below, courtesy of the Alaska Department of Transportation, shows what both the driver and the pedestrian see at a HAWK signal.

Interactive | Media

HAWK Signals

The HAWK signals makes it easier for pedestrians to cross busy intersections. It also minimizes traffic delays.