August 17, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Safe Kids News Conference August 19

The City of Springfield, Springfield Public Schools, Safe Kids Springfield and FedEx Express will hold a news conference at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009 at Central High School, 423 E. Central St., focusing on major crosswalk and pedestrian safety improvements at school speed zones, as well as general school safety. The conference will be held near Jefferson Avenue, west of the high school.

As students across the City prepare to return to classrooms next week, pedestrian safety should be foremost in the minds of motorists and parents. Generally high gas prices during the last two years have likely increased the amount of students who walk to school. In preparing for the new school year, the City has activated speed zones, repainted crosswalks, and checked signals for proper operation.

Once again this year, a $10,000 grant from Safe Kids Springfield as part of the Safe Kids Worldwide/FedEX Walk This Way pedestrian safety program, has made it possible to place highly reflective sleeves on signposts in school zones throughout the City. These sleeves have been installed on more than 600 school-related signs during the past 18 months. In addition, the City has completed installation of 27 warning beacons in school zones made possible by a $250,000 infrastructure grant provided by the federally funded Safe Routes to School Program in 2007.

Speakers will include the City’s head of Traffic Engineering Earl Newman, Springfield Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Norm Ridder, Daphne Greenlee of Safe Kids Springfield and Randy Herbel of FedEx Express.

For more information, contact: Mike Brothers, Public Information, (417) 864-1119.

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