MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) - One Southwest Georgia hospital got the city involved to ensure safety for its employees.
Colquitt Regional Medical Center and the city of Moultrie teamed up to install a solar-powered crosswalk for the hospital's employees, patients and families.
Before the crosswalk, people would either dodge oncoming cars or run across the street when the road cleared to get to and from the laboratory and hospital.
The push for a crosswalk came when one of the hospital's employees was almost hit by a car.
"Their parents were so worried that their child might not be safe here. And that was one of the things that gave us the mission, gave us the want to create a zone that's safe," said President and CEO of Colquitt Regional Medical Center Jim Matney
Matney also recognized a need for the crosswalk because businesses became busier and traffic continued to increase, making the area less safe.
"The best feature is the fact that it makes the passengers more aware of that fact that they're entering a hospital zone, that means them to take caution," said Matney.
When the crosswalk is used correctly, the blinking lights around the sign will alert drivers that someone is wanting to cross the road, creating a safer environment for everyone.