12/12/2011 02:21 pm ET

Chicago Pedestrian Flags Installed At High-Risk Crosswalks: Will They Make A Difference?

The Chicago Department of Transportation installed plastic bins containing orange plastic flags at 10 Chicago intersections where they hope pedestrians will use them to alert drivers as they cross the street.

Plastic receptacles are mounted on either side of select intersections and stocked with several orange flags, CBS Chicago reports. Pedestrians are supposed to grab a flag from one bucket, wave it as they cross the street and then return it to the bin on the opposite street corner.

The flags are the second pedestrian safety initiative launched by CDOT as part of a larger driver-awareness campaign called "It's Up To You," the Chicago Tribune reports.

In October, 32 mannequins, each representing a pedestrian fatality from a Chicago crash in 2010, were installed along Wacker Dr., along with safety tips for drivers and public transit commuters.

A city study released last sumer found that 80 percent of vehicle-pedestrian accidents in the city, of 3,000 vehicle-pedestrian crashes reported annually, occur at intersections, according to the Tribune.

Will the flags reduce accidents, or quickly disappear? Tell us what you think in the comments: