Albany Police: Crosswalk buttons working

ALBANY, N.Y. — Albany police say crosswalk buttons are working in response to a national news report suggesting that’s not always the case.

The report focused on big cities, with a New York City DOT spokesperson saying only about 9 percent of the crosswalk buttons work.

Albany police reassured people in Albany and all over the Capital Region that the systems all work, you just have to be patient.

“Some people think they don’t work because they have to wait. It’s not just going to stop traffic, you hit the button and it sends a signal to the box letting know someone is ready to cross,” said Steve Smith of the Albany Police Department.

Officer Smith says not only do they work, but it’s important to use them to increase intersection safety.


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