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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Continuing public education, crosswalk improvements, amendments to local crosswalk regulations and five months of “Yield Check” enforcement activities have made a difference in local driving habits. Third quarter crosswalk assessments conducted through the City’s SGF Yields pedestrian safety program show driver compliance has risen to an average of 63% across Springfield, an increase of 19 percentage points compared to third quarter 2020.
The quarterly assessment, performed by Springfield Public Works Traffic Operations division since 2017, evaluates driver compliance at six crosswalk sites with similar traffic speeds and characteristics. Two locations are studied every quarter as a control group. The remaining sites are selected from each of the four City Council zones. Results from each location are averaged to produce a snapshot of driver compliance across the city.
Study sites for third quarter of 2021 included crosswalks at Boonville Avenue near Central Street, Grant Avenue near Talmage Street, Bennett Street at Delaware Avenue, Lone Pine Avenue near Allen Street, Broadmoor Avenue at Weaver Street and St. Louis Street at the Expo Center.
SGF Yields uses a three-pronged approach involving education, engineering and enforcement in an effort to encourage a cultural change in the community and make Springfield more pedestrian friendly. The local crosswalk yielding average began at 25% of drivers yielding when crosswalk assessments started in 2017.
“The progress indicates that our combination of efforts including education at schools, modifications to crosswalk design and recent “Yield Check” enforcement activities are resulting in safer crosswalks city-wide,” says Traffic Safety professional Mandy Buettgen-Quinn. “The ultimate goal is for 100% of drivers to stop each and every time. It’s encouraging that every quarter the community is making progress toward that goal.”
October is National Pedestrian Safety Month
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has designated October as National Pedestrian Safety month.
“Annually, nearly 70 pedestrians are struck by a car on Springfield’s roads,” explains Buettgen-Quinn. “Crash reports show there are similar amounts of drivers failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks as there are pedestrians stepping out into traffic when they shouldn’t. It’s important that both groups watch out for one another.”
SGF Yields pedestrian safety program offers the following tips to make Springfield safer and more pedestrian-friendly:
Pedestrian Safety Tips:
Driver Safety Tips:
For more information on crosswalk compliance studies and the City’s efforts to increase pedestrian safety, visit the SGF Yields webpage at springfieldmo.gov/sgfyields.
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For more information, contact Communication Coordinator Kristen Milam at 573-819-3713 or [email protected]