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Close calls in Carolina Beach crosswalks

Pedestrians have a difficult time crossing streets safely in Carolina Beach. (Source: WECT) Pedestrians have a difficult time crossing streets safely in Carolina Beach. (Source: WECT)
CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) -

It's the busiest time of year for beach towns and residents in Carolina Beach say cars refusing to stop for pedestrians has made it dangerous to cross the street. 

The crosswalk at the intersection of North Lake Park Blvd. and Atlanta Ave. has lighted signs that blink to warn cars when someone is crossing, yet nearby resident Bill Baker says there are close calls every day. 

"I almost got run over this morning," Baker said Friday. 

From 4-5 p.m., WECT's Alex Guarino counted 15 groups of people trying to cross, and nearly 40 cars that did not stop to let them. 

The crosswalk is located where the road curves, so people crossing are not always easy to see. 

While there are signs with lights that flash as people cross, cars still fly by. One man waited out seven cars before one stopped.

Baker said he believes both locals and tourists are to blame.  

"I don't think most of them can see the light because obviously that one's tilted extremely the wrong way," he said. "Then some people, of course, ignore the light. They don't know what it is. It's kind of new to me and I've run them too." 

Carolina Beach Mayor Joe Benson says town leaders are aware of the problem after people brought it to their attention at town council meetings. Benson says the town is working to find solutions to make the crosswalk safer while also trying to increase public awareness campaigns. 

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