Springfield Pedestrian Safety Program Shows Improvement

The City of Springfield’s pedestrian safety program is reporting improvement since the end of the first quarter of the year.

The program reported that in early 2019, only 25% of Springfield area drivers yielded to a decoy pedestrian that was being used to see how many drivers followed laws about pedestrian crossings. In the second quarter of the year, the city reported a slight increase of the rate to 29%.

The quarterly assessment has been conducted since 2017 by the city’s Public Works department.

City Traffic Safety Professional Mandy Buettgen-Quinn said it’s hard for the city to encourage people to use crosswalks when drivers don’t follow the law regarding stopping at crosswalks.

“If drivers don’t stop at crosswalks, it’s difficult to encourage pedestrians to use them,” she said in a statement. “Education is key in encouraging both drivers and pedestrians to properly utilize crosswalks and increase safety. We’re hoping the community will continue to respond and make an effort to do better, hopefully contributing to a safer, more pedestrian-friendly Springfield.”

The city’s Pedestrian Safety Ordinance allows authorities to impose a minimum $100 fine for violating city codes on right-of-way in crosswalks and other related ordinances.