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2015 Road Traffic Deaths By World Health Organization

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By , January 20, 2016 3:23 pm

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WATERLOO’S FIRST SPEED TABLE (RAISED CROSSWALK)

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By , September 18, 2012 9:08 am

Waterloo’s first speed table is scheduled to be installed in the 600 block of Burton Avenue this week. This is an attempt to improve pedestrian safety at an existing crosswalk.  The crosswalk will be raised 4 inches. It will be 10 ft wide. There will be 6 ft tapered approaches on both sides of the table.  Waterloo normally installs speed humps to control speed in residential areas.  At this location improving the crosswalk is the main goal. Park Road will be closed to through traffic from Fairview/Lafayette to Burton Avenue.  Burton Avenue will be closed to through traffic from Conger to Park Road.  The public will be able to drive to the baseball fields. The roadwork will begin at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 and should end by 3:00 p.m. on Thursday.

NEW PEDESTRIAN “HAWK” SIGNAL INDICATIONS

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By , November 17, 2011 7:37 am

Soon a  new type of pedestrian signals will be activated on East Orange Road by Hawkeye Community College campus.  These signals for vehicles remain blank until someone pushes the pedestrian button.  When the signals are flashing red and pedestrians are not crossing, vehicles can go after they have made a full stop. Drivers see the indications shown below.

 MEANINGS OF PEDESTRIAN HAWK SIGNAL INDICATIONS

BLANK

FLASHING YELLOW

STEADY YELLOW

STEADY RED

FLASHING RED

         

NOT ACTIVATED

SLOW DOWN

PREPARE TO STOP

STOP

STOP, THEN GO IF NO PEDESTRIAN IS CROSSING

 

Cedar Valley Does Not Need Another Pedestrian Fatality

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By , October 21, 2011 11:59 am

Days are becoming shorter. Sadly Cedar Falls and Waterloo both have experienced fatal pedestrian-car crashes in recent years.  Most of our area fatalities have been during dark hours of the day. Some have involved alcohol.  Alcohol impairs a pedestrian just like it impairs a driver.  Pedestrian and bicyclist must help others see them. Wear bright, reflective, and even fluorescent colors. Wear safety retro-reflective gear.  Carry something bright and even a light if possible.   Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, November 6.  Mornings will be darker.  Don’t walk close to the edge of street with your back to traffic.

 

Light Colored Clothing & Reflective Gear Makes for Safer Walking and Bicycling

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By , October 5, 2011 9:24 am

Days are getting shorter. Light colored clothing and reflective gear makes walking and bicycling a little safer.

Waterloo police officer joins DSCV as campaign spokesperson

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By , July 1, 2010 8:15 am

Lt. Corbin Payne

Drive Safe Cedar Valley, a traffic safety awareness initiative aimed at saving lives by changing the culture of driving in the Cedar Valley, has announced a new spokesperson to lead public awareness efforts in 2010. Corbin Payne, a lieutenant and Watch I Commander with the Waterloo Police Department, will promote the campaign’s mission and safety messages throughout the Cedar Valley. Payne joins Nick Anderson, a firefighter and paramedic for the Waterloo Fire Department, as a campaign spokesperson.

“The Drive Safe Cedar Valley campaign is designed to change the culture of driving in the Cedar Valley through safety awareness and advocacy,” said Sandie Greco, Superintendent of Traffic Operations for the City of Waterloo. “Corbin has seen the devastating impact of unsafe driving in the Cedar Valley up close. His experiences really put the importance of safe driving habits into perspective in our community.”

As a new spokesperson, Payne will help promote and share important safety and accountability messages with the community through public appearances, traditional media outlets and social media, including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and the Drive Safe Cedar Valley blog.

“As a public safety official, the Drive Safe Cedar Valley mission resonates with me because of the unsafe driving consequences I witness while on the job,” said Corbin Payne, Lieutenant and Watch I Commander with the Waterloo Police Department, and spokesperson for Drive Safe Cedar Valley. “By encouraging the community to take ownership of their safety and the safety of others, together we can raise awareness about this program and build support to sustain it into the future.”

Payne has been a member of the Waterloo Police Department since 1996. In addition to managing the day-to-day operations of Watch I Patrol, Payne has also served as a Supervisor of the Citizens Response Unit (CRU) and the Waterloo Police Tactical Unit. Other duties and assignments include Patrol Officer, Drug Crime Unit, Bike Patrol Officer and Investigator with the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Task Force.

Nick Anderson shares important safety messages with local camp kids

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By , June 16, 2010 1:15 pm

Nick Anderson, spokesperson for Drive Safe Cedar Valley, shared some important safety messages with a younger audience today. He spoke to children attending the Quakerdale Mobile Camp at Hammond Brethren Church in Waterloo about seatbelt, pedestrian and bicycle safety. For more photos, visit the Drive Safe Cedar Valley Facebook page.

You can also listen in below to a YouTube video snippet of Nick chatting with the camp kids.

New school signals installed near Kittrell Elementary

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By , May 10, 2010 1:50 pm

New school signal at the intersection of Easton Avenue and W. 11th Street in Waterloo.

Crews have recently installed signal upgrades at two residential intersections in Waterloo. Fully actuated school signals have been added at the intersections of Easton Avenue and Hammond Avenue, as well as Easton Avenue and W. 11th Street. The signals now have a pedestrian button that, when pushed, causes the traffic lights to turn red in all four directions. This allows pedestrians – particularly students heading to and from Kittrell Elementary School – to cross from all sides.

While it may appear to drivers that the signals are broken, they are designed to temporarily stop traffic for pedestrians at all corners of the intersection. Watch the following YouTube video, which demonstrates how it works.

Intersection of Easton Avenue and W. 11th Street

Intersection of Easton Avenue and Hammond Drive

Media spotlight shines on driving safety

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By , April 21, 2010 4:40 pm

The word is out. Drive Safe Cedar Valley – and new campaign spokesperson Nick Anderson – are on a mission to save lives. The Courier shared that news with the Cedar Valley this week. Read the article here – and help us spread the word to encourage safe driving habits!

As part of his commitment to safety awareness, Nick wants to know what worries you most – whether it’s texting, drinking and driving, or pedestrian and bike safety in the Cedar Valley. Is there a busy intersection or street in the Cedar Valley that concerns you? What kind of safety measures do you take behind the wheel? Leave a comment. Share your ideas. Because our lives are in your hands. And together, we can make the Cedar Valley a safer place to drive and live.