safety island

an area provided for the safety of pedestrians from vehicular traffic, as between lanes on a busy street or highway.

1930–35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Example sentences
Drivers are not required to stop when there's a safety island and the vehicle is on the far side of the island from a pedestrian.
Areas where the presence of a safety island will severely hamper snowplowing.
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