August 17, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

July Crash Report Card

There have been five fatality crashes in Springfield in the first seven months of 2009, compared to nine in the same period last year. The number of injury crashes increased by 3 percent, while the number of total crashes decreased 1 percent compared to the same time period last year. There have been 1,144 injury crashes and 4,174 total crashes in Springfield in 2009. Crash statistics are compiled by the Public Works Department.

Download the July 2009 Crash Report Card

August Safety Message

Classes will begin this week at many of the area schools, colleges and universities. Variable message signs have been placed on major streets in the City to help alert motorists to the start of Springfield Public Schools, which begin classes on Tuesday, Aug. 25. Motorists are reminded to expect an increase in the number of children and young adults walking to and around schools.

The City of Springfield has taken a number of steps to assist students on their way to school. The School Walking Route Maps for all elementary schools in the R-12 School District have been updated and placed on the City of Springfield website at www.springfieldmo.gov/traffic.

These maps make use of existing traffic signals, stop signs, sidewalks, overpasses, and assigned school crossing guards to help parents to know what protections are provided for students as they walk to and from school and which streets ought not to be crossed by children without the help of an adult. Further, the maps show streets that are designated as barrier streets with busing available for students who would otherwise have to walk across a barrier street.

Flashing yellow beacons have been added to all 20 mph school speed zones to alert drivers that the school zone speed limit is in effect when the lights are flashing. All school-related traffic signs have received a supplemental highly reflective yellow post sleeves for more visibility. School crosswalks have been repainted. The Traffic Engineering Division also will be using trailer-mounted portable speed education boards in school zones to help remind motorists of the reduced speed limits.

The City will have contractors working into the fall to construct three miles of additional sidewalks using funding from the ¼ Cent Sales Tax Capital Improvement Program. Traffic Engineering has also worked with Eugene Field Elementary, Central High School, and Bingham Elementary Schools to address the congestion around drop-off and pick-up time with additional loading lanes, new circulation patterns and other projects. The goal is to increase safety and decrease congestion and air pollution around our schools.

Just as important as the children’s safety when walking to school is their safety within the vehicle when riding. All kids up to 12 years old should be properly restrained in the back seat. Elementary School children should be secured in a belt-positioning booster seat or other child restraints until they are 4 feet, 9 inches tall. For local car seat check up events, seat recalls and child safety information, please go to www.safekidsspringfield.org.

Please drive alert and responsible as students go back to school. With your help, we can make Springfield a safer community.

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Department of Public Works

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