Look Both Ways...
...before crossing the street.
I learned that as just a wee little tyke. That lesson seems to have gone by the wayside through the years with fewer and fewer people doing it.
So, I have to wonder if Eureka's pilot project for crosswalk control is going to really accomplish anything. Looks like the pedestrian pushes a button that turns on some flashing lights near the crosswalk, supposedly alerting drivers to the pedestrian's presence.
Why do I think this might end up doing more harm than good in the long run?
Maybe because if drivers get used to seeing the flashing lights they won't be as alert for pedestrians that are crossing the street without flashing lights? Or, maybe because pedestrians will figure they have the flashing lights so they can just cross the street without checking for traffic?
Probably a little of both.