RRFB Confusion Leads to Pedestrian Accidents
Chicago (June 1, 2021) – The Illinois Department of Transportation has touted the increased use of rectangular rapid flashing beacons (RRFBs) as helping reduce pedestrian accidents. RRFBs emit a flashing yellow light when activated and motorists legally have to stop for anyone crossing the street. However, some Chicago walkers noticed that some drivers fail to do so, possibly due to confusion.
Many drivers associate yellow lights with a call to slow down, following the signals used by traffic lights. As more and more RRFBs are installed throughout Illinois, some pedestrians are calling for the lights to be changed from yellow to red. While RRFBs have helped in many cases, in others they’ve caused car accidents through confusion. If you’ve suffered an injury due to a driver not stopping for an RRFB then contact Lerner and Rowe immediately. Source: Chicago Tribune