Sandy Springs Police say the city has installed a pedestrian safety traffic signal Roswell Road between between Long Island Drive and West Belle Isle Road.

It’s a little bit different than the traffic signals most drivers are used to seeing.

The signal is called a High-intensity Activated crossWalK, or HAWK. When a pedestrian pushes the button, it will stop traffic long enough for the pedestrian to walk across. Traffic will resume once the pedestrian has crossed. If a pedestrian presses the walk button immediately after another pedestrian crosses, there will be a delay between walk signals.

Sandy Springs Police expect the city’s signal to be operational by Dec. 15, according to SSPD Facebook page.

It’s easier to understand if you see the signal in action. Here’s a video of a pedestrian using a HAWK signal:

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