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Polara the leader in accessible pedestrian signals for over 20 years, introduces remote connectivity to APS to meet the needs of all pedestrians, including those with visual impairments, and also for any pedestrian who doesn't want to touch the button. You can remotely touch this. 

With Polara’s INS APS, you can use PedApp for smartphones to remotely actuate the button. When activated, the app will alert pedestrians to any APS crossings, allowing the user to choose the desired crossing. Pick the desired crossing and swipe to move through the choices. Then double-tap your crossing choice. Once the desired crossing is selected, the locate volume of that button will be increased to help guide the pedestrian to that button. When the pedestrian gets closer to the selected button, PedApp will place a call into that button. Wait for the walk indication. 

When the walk sign comes on, the phone will vibrate and announce – [Phone] Walk sign is on to cross-market street. – [Narrator] After the walk is finished, the pedestrian clearance comes on with either a locate tone or audible countdown. – [Phone] Two, one. The don't walk sign is on. 

For more info on PetApp, visit Polara.

​How many people were killed on North Carolina roads last year?

I would probably say maybe a thousand.

Hundreds, hundreds of people probably died here.

I'd say eighteen hundred. Thousands? Thousands of people.

1,387 people were killed on North Carolina roads last year.

What are the leading causes of motor vehicle crashes?

I would say alcohol?


Phones, Technology, GPS, People just not paying attention.

I believe a lot of times no seat belts, alcohol.

Texting and driving, drunk driving.

Top causes of North Carolina roadway fatalities:

- Not wearing a seat belt (42%)
- Speeding (30%)
- Drinking and Driving (30%)

Source: NCDOT Crash Facts 2015

Will we ever see a day with zero roadway deaths?

No. Yeah, no.

No. No.

I don't think so.

Nah, I don't think so.

What is an acceptable goal?


Every year should reduce by 10-15%.

It's hard to put a number on it because you want it to say zero.

Under one hundred would be amazing.

What is an acceptable goal for your family?

Oh Zero.

Absolutely Zero.

Zero fatalities in the family.

It's zero yeah.


Zero for my family.

Shouldn't zero be the goal for everyone?

Absolutely, yeah.

I mean ideally, yes. Yes.


Oh, absolutely zero.

No loss of life on our roads is acceptable.

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Walk Alert, Walk Alive, Walk Like a Wildcat.

Garinger High School and the Charlotte Department of Transportation would like to remind students to always be safe when crossing the street.

Here are some simple tips:

- Obey all traffic laws and signals.- Always use the crosswalk. It's the safest place to cross.

"Walk Signs are on for all crossings."

- Always look both ways before crossing. Don't rely solely on pedestrian signals. Remember safety is a shared responsibility for all road users including pedestrians.

- Don't assume that cars will stop. Some drivers are not paying enough attention to drive safely.

- Be visible, staying clear of obstacles so drivers can see you.

- Wearing brightly colored clothing also helps.

- Always be alert when crossing.

- Avoid distractions that can divert your attention like cell phones or headphones.

​The City of Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT), Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD), East Carolina University (ECU), and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provide information about law enforcement's medical review process when referring medically at-risk drivers explained by Dr. Anne Dickerson with East Carolina University (ECU).

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You may have noticed a new set of flashing lights above the crosswalk in your neighborhood. The pedestrian hybrid beacon controls traffic and allows pedestrians to cross the roadways safely while minimizing disruption to others. 

How does it work? 

RED still means STOP and YELLOW means SLOW DOWN but there is no green. The signal goes dark until activated by a pedestrian and will go DARK again at the end of the cycle after the pedestrian has finished crossing. 

Safety and mobility of pedestrians are important goals of the City of Charlotte. 

The City works to achieve these goals through the installation of sidewalks, crosswalks at intersections, pedestrian signals, and mid-block crossings. To meet these goals and provide a balanced transportation network, the City of Charlotte Department of Transportation investigates new methods for providing safe crossings for pedestrians.

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is recognized globally for prominent efforts to reduce road casualties. It offers an opportunity for drawing attention to the scale of the emotional and economic devastation caused by road crashes and for giving recognition to the suffering of road crash victims and the work of support, rescue services, and law enforcement. 

The City of Charlotte has adopted Vision Zero, a strategy to eliminate all traffic-related deaths and severe injuries while increasing safety, health, and mobility for all. The Mayor proclaimed Charlotte a Vision Zero city in March 2019. The Charlotte Department of Transportation leads a community-wide effort to implement its 2019 Vision Zero Action Plan. 

Vision Zero is an injury reduction strategy, not a crash reduction strategy. There will always be transportation users who make errors and use poor judgment, but those errors should not be fatal. We spoke with three families who unfortunately lost a loved one to road traffic violence and are a part of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Traffic Fatality Support Group. We would like to remember and share their lost loved one’s story on this World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. 

01:14 - Bonnie Mitchell's brother, Karim Abdul Akbar 

07:20 - Cora Hilliard's son, Jamel Hilliard 

18:14 - William Ratliff's daughter, Sierra Ratliff 

Together, we must act to ensure that all users of the roadway system are loved ones and actively avoid risks such as speeding, driving impaired, and not wearing a seatbelt. We must redesign roads with all users in mind, not just vehicles. And, ensure that vehicles everywhere are equipped with life-saving technologies. This year’s World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims highlights the fact that even after a road traffic crash occurs there is still an enormous opportunity to save lives and reduce disability. Additionally, challenge yourself to stop using the word “accident.” Traffic crashes are fixable problems. They are not accidents. Let’s stop using the word "accident" today. 

On this World Day of Remembrance, let us honor in the best way possible, those who have lost their lives and take the urgent steps needed to make our roads safe for all. Because even one traffic fatality is too many.