A National Safety Issue
Last year 6,227 Americans lost their lives while walking, the most in a year since 1990 for pedestrians, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). That is more than 17 people every day. Experts say that drivers and pedestrians are more distracted and impaired than ever with smartphones, headphones, alcohol and the rise of legalized marijuana.
Studies done by the Transportation Research Board (TRB) determined that crosswalk flags are up to 80% effective at stopping cars when used by pedestrians using them at crosswalks.
See Me Flags was invented by a father who needed to solve the problem of a dangerous crosswalk in his neighborhood for pedestrians The county or state would not help, so he took it on himself to create See Me Flags.
See Me Flags make such a difference! They are stationed near my home at a crosswalk that spans 4 lanes of traffic. Before the flags were available, I would be lucky to get one or 2 lanes to stop after a significant wait time. Now that the flags are available, it is quite easy to get all 4 lanes of traffic to stop! I feel much safer crossing and allowing my kids to cross with the See Me Flags.
I also drive on this road regularly and, from a driver's perspective, the See Me Flags make a HUGE difference in drawing attention to the pedestrian. I wish the flags were available at all crosswalks in my neighborhood.
There are many intersections in our community that are dangerous for pedestrians to cross. Neighbors have lobbied for safer crossing measures but they are expensive and take years to implement. See Me Flags is a brilliant, inexpensive and safe way to cross these busy intersections. There are so many distracted drivers, this is an excellent way to grab the attention of drivers before you can safely enter the crosswalk.
Making our community safe for all pedestrians is paramount and this simple idea could quickly be implemented around our neighborhoods. I feel better about letting my kids cross the busiest intersections with these in place. Simple, Safe and Cost Effective. Thanks for See Me Flags.
My girls walk to school and have to cross a busy road to get there. I am amazed by how few drivers stop at the crosswalk even school buses. I think it is hard to tell that the kids are waiting to cross the street since they are just standing there in a group. Now with the See Me Flags at the crosswalk they can waive the orange flag when the are ready making it obvious to the drivers that they intend to cross the street.
Now that the See Me Flags are there I feel much more comfortable about my girls walking to school. Why spend $10,000 on flashing lights when you can spend $199.99 on See Me Flags.
New Crosswalk Flags Installed at the Intersection of Little Falls and Ohio - Thanks to Arlington Youth Lacrosse
New Crosswalk Flags Installed at Willamsburg + Ohio Thanks to Missy Schreiber Simons of Modern Jones
Crosswalk Flags Installed Near Rock Spring Park in Arlington - Thanks to the Yorktown Civic Association