Statues, signs, selfies part of Springfield City program to reduce pedestrian deaths

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The city of Springfield hopes education, awareness and help from "Mr. Walker" will help reduce the number of crashes involving pedestrians and bring down the rate of pedestrian deaths.

A new program called "SGF Yields" will kick off July 7 during First Friday Artwalk. The star of the new city initiative will be the symbol on the pedestrian crossing sign, who has been animated, given a voice, an attitude and named "Mr. Walker." He will be featured in educational signs, videos and pamphlets.

On average, 60 pedestrians are hit by vehicles in Springfield per year, according to Public Works Traffic Safety Professional Mandy Buettgen-Quinn.

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