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February 28, 2013

Pedestrian flags disappearing in Astoria

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — A safety experiment in Astoria appears to be flagging. After several pedestrians got hit by vehicles, and one died last year, the city has put orange flags at two busy downtown intersections so that walkers can carry them across the street and be more visible to drivers.

But a Daily Astorian reporter saw few people using the flags. Some who use the flags are apparently pitching them in gutters, so they show up dark and discolored in the buckets where they're picked up and deposited.

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