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The Oregon Department of Transportation has hit on a device that works well in saving lives. The Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon, or RRFB for short seems to have a good effect on drivers on the Parkway. "Once somebody actually steps into an intersections, that's where the cars have to stop. And we're finding that the compliance rate for cars at reed lane, on the parkway, went from 23%, where just about a quarter of the people were stopping when somebody stepped out, to 83%.  So we've almost, like, "fourpled" the number of people who stop at the intersections waiting for someone to cross."  Peter Murphy with ODOT says the only problem they have is that the pedestrians are not using the device to cross the parkway, so they need to get more awareness out there to walkers.  But Murphy says ODOT is very pleased with the results of the RRFB.

 

 

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