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City Installs Additional Traffic Safety Improvements at Intersection of Duvall Avenue and NE 12th

November 10, 2010

For more information contact:

Kent Curry, Commander, Renton Police Department, 425-430-7555
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director, 425-430-6569

Following a recent traffic accident at the intersection of Duvall Avenue and NE 12thStreet, the Renton Police Department issued a citation to the driver responsible for not yielding to the pedestrian.  The police department’s traffic unit has also established an emphasis patrol at the intersection to emphasize the school speed zone and speed limits and provide education to the pedestrians and drivers on traffic safety. Renton Police and Public Works staff are working together to explore additional grants to enhance traffic safety in the area.

In addition, the city has taken the following steps to enhance safety at the intersection:

  • The city replaced the fixtures of the two street lights on the east and west sides of Duvall Avenue with new fixtures that are cleaner and brighter.
  • In the next few weeks the city will install solar powered school speed zone amber flashers at the school zone speed limit signs on northbound and southbound Duvall. These flashers will be activated in the morning, afternoon, and lunch hour when students will be using the crosswalk.
  • The city will also install electronic radar speed signs on existing light poles along northbound and southbound Duvall. 
  • The city is also investigating options for signal upgrades at the crosswalk.

“The City of Renton is committed to the safety of the community and these violations are a clear threat to our children and the public," said Mayor Denis Law.  “This intersection at Duvall Avenue and NE 12th is particularly challenging and we are taking these extra steps to emphasize safety and get the word out for drivers to slow down. We hope that our increased police presence along with the additional speed zone flashers and electronic radar speed signs will make motorists more aware of the speed limits and the new warning measures at this intersection and in school zones.”

A Few Traffic Safety Rules for Drivers

  • Pedestrians always have the right of way.
  • Drivers must stop for pedestrians at all intersections whether the crosswalk is marked or not.
  • 20 MPH speed limit signs are posted within the designated school zones and these signs alert drivers that the speed limit has been reduced to 20 MPH whenever children are present.
  • Drivers must stop when approaching a school bus, church bus, or daycare bus that is stopped to pick up or let off children. The driver must remain stopped until the bus’ stop sign is retracted and red warning lights are turned off.
  • Wherever a school traffic safety sign is posted, drivers should slow down and watch for children.

Traffic Safety Tips for Children

  • Parents are encouraged to choose the safest route to school and walk with your child prior to allowing them to travel it on their own.
  • Always look both ways before crossing the street.
  • Cross in the crosswalks at the corner, not in the middle of the block.
  • Never cross from between parked cars.
  • Never cross an intersection diagonally.
  • Children should look to see that drivers are aware of them. Making eye contact with a driver is a good way to know whether a driver is aware that someone is about to cross the road.
  • Cross quickly – do not linger or play in the street.
  • Always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle, skateboard, or scooter.
  • The same rules (look both ways, use crosswalks, etc.) apply when riding a bike.
  • Walk bicycles, skateboards, and scooters across the crosswalk.
  • Be especially careful in parking lots—drivers may not be able to see you. Never walk or run in front of cars.
  • Teach children the meaning of traffic signs. Stop at all stop signs, red lights, and obey traffic signals. When the intersection has crossing signals, only cross when the walk signal is lit.
  • When walking on sidewalks, be aware of driveways and alleys from which cars may emerge.
  • When walking down a street with no sidewalks, walk as far from the edge of the road as possible, facing traffic.
  • Bright colored clothing increases visibility, but when walking/biking near dusk reflective tape should be used on jackets, backpacks, and bikes.

“We’re also reminding students to look both ways before crossing the intersection and pay attention to motorists and traffic rules,” said Commander Kent Curry. “Children should be extra alert in bad weather since visibility might be poor and motorists might not be able to see them or stop quickly.”