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Traffic agents waving traffic through red lights without stopping pedestrians crossing

Location: 
Flatbush Avenue at 5th Avenue
When: 
October 3, 2012 - 6:40pm

As I was crossing Flatbush at the 5th Avenue cross walk, with the light, a traffic agent decided to wave traffic through but did not look to see that I and others were already halfway across. I had to leap back to avoid being hit, as the cars were both accelerating and moving fast.

I waited in the middle the avenue for the traffic to stop and felt lucky that it did.

I spoke with a patrolman on 5th Avenue who shrugged and joked about fine - tuning the traffic management rather than agreeing to tell the traffic agent to look both ways before unleashing a torrent of traffic against pedestrians lawfully and correctly crossing the very wide avenue.

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People: 
Local community
Frequency: 
Ongoing
Impact: 
Personal injury