Springfield Reveals 25 Percent of Drivers Yield to Pedestrians at Crosswalks

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A recent driver compliance assessment done by the SGF Yields pedestrian safety program showed low results.

According to the City of Springfield, on average only 25 percent of Springfield drivers yield to pedestrians at crosswalks.

The assessment evaluates driver compliance at six crosswalk sites with similar traffic speeds and characteristics, according to the City.

“We aren’t surprised by these results,” Traffic Safety Professional Mandy Buettgen-Quinn said. “Most drivers will slow for a pedestrian already in a crosswalk, but very few drivers know that they are required by law to yield to walkers waiting at the curbside of crosswalks.”

“Traffic Operations staff stages crosswalk compliance assessments at either mid-block or two-way stop intersections with a clearly marked crosswalk. A staff member poses as a crossing pedestrian, timing their approach to the crosswalk so he or she stops at the edge of the street when an approaching motorist is a safe stopping distance away. The pedestrian subject places one foot in the roadway or bike lane and makes eye contact with the on-coming motorist, clearly demonstrating their intent to cross as is stipulated by City ordinance. Staff then keep a count of how many drivers yield or do not yield to the test pedestrian. Each site is assessed for roughly an hour, tallying the behavior of between 100 and 150 drivers.” the City of Springfield said on their website.

The assessment results will be posted at the intersections of Glenstone Avenue and Division Street, and Campbell Avenue and Walnut Lawn Street in order to raise public awareness.

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