December 09, 2013

News Release

For Immediate Release

Traffic report card shows fatality crashes decrease

The Public Works Department has released the October 2013 Crash Report Card for Jan. 1 through Oct. 31.

There have been eight fatality crashes this year compared to 18 fatality crashes in the same time period in 2012. The number of total and injury crashes has increased by 1 percent respectively compared to the same period last year.

Black ice & other winter driving conditions

Now that most major streets have been cleared, many drivers pick up speed, giving the impression that the roadways are snow and ice-free. However, with the current weather conditions, it is important to be prepared to encounter "black ice." This type of ice isn't black, as the name implies, but is rather a clear, glossy sheet that blends in with the pavement color and sidewalks. Unless the sun happens to shine at it in a certain angle revealing the shine, it's typically invisible to drivers.

When you find yourself sliding on icy roadways, remember the following:

Other winter driving tips:

For more information contact: Mandy Buettgen-Quinn in Public Works – Traffic Operations, 864-1801.

city of springfield

Department of Public Works

840 Boonville Avenue • P.O. Box 8368 • Springfield, MO 65801
417-864-1900 • springfieldmo.gov