For Immediate Release
August Crash Report Card
There have been five fatality crashes in Springfield from Jan. 1 through Aug. 31, 2009, compared to 11 in the same period last year. The number of injury crashes increased 3 percent, while the number of total crashes decreased by 1 percent, respectively, compared to the same period last year. Traffic crash statistics are tracked by the Public Works Department.
Download the August 2009 Crash Report Card
September Safety Message
Plans are underway for two significant national traffic safety promotions in the month of October. Motorists can benefit by using these days of special emphasis to raise awareness of the seriousness of traffic crashes and to respect the presence of school children walking along city streets.
National “Walk to School Day” will be recognized on Oct. 7 and is set aside as a day to promote safe walking and bicycling for school children throughout the year. Springfield Safe Kids, in cooperation with other community partners, will hold its annual “Walk This Way” event on Oct. 7 at Rountree Elementary School. Encouraging kids to walk and bike to school in a safe manner not only creates a safer route to school but also provides health benefits, increases their ability to concentrate in class, forms social ties with children and adults, improves air quality and relieves traffic congestion around schools. Overall, the quality of life in our community is enhanced.
Parents and guardians of elementary school age students are encouraged to obtain a Walking Route Map and walk with their child to school, teaching them safe behavior while walking along and crossing the streets on their route to school. Walking Route Maps are available on the City’s Web site at: www.springfieldmo.gov/traffic/school.html or upon request at each school office. For more information about the “Walk to School Day” program, go to www.walktoschool-usa.org or www.safekidsspringfield.org.
National “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day” is Oct. 10. This year’s theme is “Don’t Be Driven to Distraction – Drive to Arrive.” Each day in the United States, there is an average of 110 fatalities on the road, or one life lost every 13 minutes. Despite a 9 percent reduction in traffic fatalities nationwide in 2008 compared to 2007, there were still nearly 40,000 fatalities, and the majority of those tragic crashes were preventable.
“Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day” is dedicated to raising awareness about how to prevent crashes and to aim for zero fatalities that day. The goal is to change people’s driving habits by encouraging each person to commit to do their part in reducing traffic fatalities every day of the year.
As of Sept. 10 this year, 6 fatalities have been reported in Springfield. Each of these crashes was preventable and involved alcohol, unsafe driving practices or a violation of traffic laws. We encourage every motorist to do their part in “Putting the Brakes on Fatalities.”