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Traffic Fequently Asked Questions

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Shouldn’t the walk light for pedestrians remain on until I am safely across the street?
A steady, illuminated display of “WALK” or symbol of a walking person means that you may begin to cross the roadway and proceed in the direction of the indication. If there is a push button on the pole, you must push it to receive a “WALK” signal.
A flashing illuminated “DON’T WALK” or flashing symbol of an upraised hand means that: if you are already in the crosswalk, you have time to finish crossing. If you are still at the curb, do not begin to cross, there is not enough time to cross the roadway. Wait for the next “WALK” signal.
A steady, illuminated “DON’T WALK” display or steady symbol of an upraised hand, means that a pedestrian cannot legally enter the roadway and traffic will begin moving across the crosswalk.
  
Q.Won’t CHILDREN AT PLAY signs help protect our kids?
A.Studies have been made in cities where such signs were widely posted and showed no evidence of having reduced pedestrian accidents or vehicular speeds. When CHILDREN AT PLAY signs are installed, they only give children and pedestrians a false sense of security and thus fail to improve safety. Our children should not be encouraged to play in the street. In fact, federal standards reject these types of signs because they openly suggest that playing in the streets is acceptable.
Children live on nearly every residential street in Cuyahoga Falls. Placing those signs on one street would require placing them on all streets. Otherwise, streets without the signs might imply that no children live in that area and that motorists have the right to speed there.
We have signs designed specifically for schools and crosswalks that serve a clear and practical purpose. Because of the concerns they raise, CHILDREN AT PLAY signs are not recognized traffic control devices.
  
Q.How do I treat a traffic signal during a power outage or a signal that is not working?
A.Treat the intersection as an all-way stop. Come to a full stop. If there is no other traffic and no pedestrians, look both ways, and only if safe, drive cautiously through the intersection. If there is other traffic, common courtesy requires that the driver who stops first, goes first. If in doubt, you should yield to the driver to your right. Be courteous and careful. Never insist on the right of way at the risk of a crash.
  
Q.How does our emergency preemption system work?
A.Emergency vehicle response time is a top priority in Cuyahoga Falls. Our system is a siren activated traffic signal preemption system designed to save lives and reduce risk by making prioritized “green” traffic lights available to every emergency vehicle in Cuyahoga Falls at designated intersections. The system not only reduces emergency response times, but also reduces traffic conflicts between the motorists and our emergency vehicles.
  
Q.Can the posted speed limit on my street be reduced to slow down the speeding drivers?
A.It is a myth that posting slower speed limit signs forces drivers to slow down and will result in fewer traffic accidents. National research has shown that the prevailing traffic conditions and the type of street, not the posted speed limit, influence drivers. Speed studies are conducted to help set speed limits. If an unreasonably low speed limit is posted, many drivers tend to ignore and violate the signs. There are some drivers who, on the other hand, always try to stay within the posted speed limit. This can cause conflict between faster and slower drivers, resulting in more accidents. Traffic engineering studies help to determine the prevailing speed of most drivers using a certain street. Additionally, the studies take into account accident records and road conditions. An appropriate speed limit is then set based upon this data.
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