Liberals want N.S. govt to amend Motor Vehicle Act to allow crosswalk flags

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HALIFAX - Nova Scotia Liberals want the province's transportation minister to put an end to an impasse that has hung up a community initiative to improve crosswalk visibility in the Halifax area.
A recent trial program involving 13 different crosswalks along Waverley Rd. allowed pedestrians to carry red flags to improve their visibility.
But the program was discontinued by the city's traffic authority because there is no provision in the Motor Vehicle Act allowing use of the flags.
Liberal member Andrew Younger says the problem can be cleared up if the province changes the law.
Transportation Minister Bill Estabrooks says he supports the flag idea, but adds it's strictly a municipal issue.
Norm Collins, a community member who has pushed the initiative, says he's frustrated with a process where bureaucrats seem to be passing the buck.
Collins says it's time someone gave the go-ahead to a program the community needs and wants.

Geographic location: HALIFAX

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