Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons

See flashing lights? Look for a pedestrian in the crosswalk.

These flashing beacons are safety features that alert motorists to pedestrians on the crosswalk. Pedestrians push a button to activate the lights before crossing the roadway. 

Pedestrians: The lights allow enough time for pedestrians to completely cross the roadway. But flashing beacons are not stoplights, and
pedestrians should not begin crossing until vehicles have stopped for them. 

Drivers: State law requires drivers to stop to allow pedestrians to completely cross the road.

About Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs)

Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs) – also called Light Emitting Diodes (LED) Rapid-Flash System, Stutter Flash and LED Beacons – are traffic safety warning devices that use LED lights to emit rapid flashing (wig-wag) lights to drivers to alert them of the presence of pedestrians in the crosswalk. Originally tested and used in Florida, they are now used in several states, including North Carolina.

The Town of Holly Springs’ first RRFB units were installed at the Grigsby Ave. crossing near Parrish Womble Park. The Town is planning to install more of these devices in an effort to alert motorists to the presence of pedestrians on crosswalks. 

Because the Town’s units are solar powered, they will continue working during outages. The devices will allow for activation throughout the day, including during early morning and evening hours for commuter trail users. 

Safety Stats 

Studies have found these devices improve the rate at which drivers yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk. To view these studies and to for more information, visit the Federal Highway Administration's website.