You’ve seen them on Tompkins Street in the City of Cortland. The flashing two beams of yellow lights that activate when a pedestrian is using a crosswalk outside of an intersection.
The New York Department of Transportation is increasing the installation of these alerts to alert drivers throughout the state. The beacons are used to warn motorists and increase safety for pedestrians at crosswalks, especially at night.
The lights only activate when someone pushes the button on the pole before crossing. In New York it is state law that motorists must stop for pedestrians in crosswalks.