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School crosswalk now safer

August 25, 2014

Morning News-Lisa Lete Just in time for 'back to school,' a new sign with a radio controlled flashing light has been installed in the crosswalk adjoining Blackfoot High School and the LDS seminary building. The crosswalk was the scene of an auto/pedestrian accident last winter when BHS student Cheyanne Pendlebury was hit by a car while crossing the street in the early morning hours. Pendlebury joins Blackfoot Patrol Officer Scott Rasmussen in looking over the light.

A new flashing sign now sits in the crosswalk where a Blackfoot High School student was hit crossing the street in the early morning hours last winter. City and school officials are hoping that the new sign will prevent such an accident from ever happening again.
Last February, BHS senior Cheyanne Pendlebury was walking in the crosswalk from the LDS seminary building to the high school around 7 a.m. It was still dark outside when she was hit by a car. She sustained a broken arm among other injuries.
The purchase of the new sign was a collaborative effort between the City of Blackfoot and the Idaho Transportation Department. City street superintendent Von Key said that the sign has a radio controlled flashing warning light that will turn on when pedestrians push a button before crossing the street.
"Pedestrians need to push the button on the pole (on either side of the street) before crossing - just like they do when crossing a city intersection. This will trigger the warning light to start flashing," he said.

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