October 29, 2012

News Release

For Immediate Release

Caution Urged During Halloween Celebrations

City of Springfield public safety departments encourage people to pay special attention to pedestrian safety this season, especially on Halloween when small children may be crossing city streets while trick-or-treating.

Traffic-related pedestrian fatalities have been an unfortunate reality in Springfield in 2012. The City's Public Works traffic operations division released a crash report today showing seven traffic-related pedestrian fatalities between January 1 and July 30 of this year. Most of these crashes occurred at night, and with the pedestrian entering the roadway against the signal or jaywalking.

Pedestrians are urged to refrain from walking in the street or crossing streets at mid-block locations and are encouraged to cross streets at intersections, especially those with marked crosswalks and/or stop signs or traffic signals.

"We recommend wearing reflecting clothing when walking or biking at night," said Mandy Buettgen, senior engineering technician. "We also recommend motorists approach pedestrians walking on sidewalks or at intersections especially carefully, due to unpredictable behavior."

Parents are strongly encouraged to integrate reflective items in their children's Halloween costumes and to accompany them to help keep them safe. Springfield Fire and Life Safety Educator Cara Erwin tells parents if their child is wearing a mask, to make sure the eye holes are large enough so they can see easily.

"They should also stay away from billowing or long trailing fabric, when choosing costumes and take special precautions to keep children away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire," she said.

Other fire safety precautions include:

Cpl. Matt Brown, with Springfield Police Department says that following a few simple safety tips could mean the difference between a fun and safe holiday and a dangerous or deadly one:

Children Should:
Drivers Should:
Parents Should:

For more information, contact Cora Scott at 417-864-1009.

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840 Boonville Avenue • P.O. Box 8368 • Springfield, MO 65801
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