It seems pedestrians — especially older people and racial minorities — get regularly plowed by motor vehicles. Pedestrian trips make of 10 percent of total U.S. mode share, yet pedestrians suffer 13 percent of traffic deaths.
The reasons for all of this are complex and complicated. But one thing I’ve experienced in my daily crossings of National Ave. at Grand is the shocking disregard by motorists for the well-being of pedestrians.
Again, tip for the Springfield Police Department: Fill your traffic ticket quotas at National and Grand! Easy! Fast! Multiple violations occur every few minutes, including: Speeding! Running red lights! Failure to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk!