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safety island

an area provided for the safety of pedestrians from vehicular traffic, as between lanes on a busy street or highway.
Origin of safety island
1930-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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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