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Springfield Encourages Drivers to Take Pledge to 'Drive 25'

Reducing your speed just 5 mph can mean the difference between life and death in a vehicle-pedestrian accident, says city engineer
Crosswalk Sign
(Photo credit: KSMU News)

The City of Springfield is launching a new program to get drivers to slow down.  The “Drive 25” program will teach the public why it’s so important to honor the 25 miles per hour speed limits on residential streets.

Drivers can take an online pledge to drive the speed limit, and share the road with bicyclists and pedestrians. Here's the link to that pledge. 

In a release from the city, safety engineer Mandy Buttgen said five miles per hour can be the difference between life and death when it comes to hitting a pedestrian.

She cites these statistics:  a person hit by a vehicle traveling at 20 miles per hour has a 95 percent of survival, while someone hit by a vehicle going 30 mps has only a 60 percent chance of making it.

Neighborhood streets are typically more narrow than streets in other districts, and often have on-street parking – both factors mean drivers have less time to brake.

Weller Neighborhood Association has become the first to join the Drive 25 program.

For KSMU News, I’m Jennifer Davidson.

LINK to the Drive 25 Pledge: http://www.springfieldmo.gov/traffic/drive25.html.