February 25, 2010

News Release

For Immediate Release

January 2010 Crash Report Card

Public Works has released the January 2010 Crash Report Card for crashes from Jan. 1 through Jan. 31. Total reported crashes (627) are 15 percent higher than for the same time period in 2009. Injury crashes for January 2010 are also up by 22 percent compared the amount of injury crashes in January 2009. There were no fatality crashes in January 2010. Public Works attributes the increased number of crashes to the snow and ice on local streets during January.

February Safety Message – Defensive Driving

In 2009, there were more than 2,000 injury crashes on Springfield’s roads. Almost all traffic crashes are avoidable. Many result in tragic losses to families and all create an economic burden to the community.

“Defensive driving” is more than just another slogan, it’s a developed skill. Applying certain techniques and learning how to be aware of the conditions around you will help save lives, time and money. The idea is to not only to be responsible for you and your vehicle’s safety, but to be prepared to respond to other people’s driving errors.

Be proactive
Create a safety buffer
Be responsive

Please drive alertly and responsibly. With your help, we can make Springfield a safer community.

city of springfield

Department of Public Works

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