The State’s trend towards making a concerted effort to improve transportation safety continued with a move by Governor Quinn that went largely under the radar. The announced $21 million grant has the outward goals of trying to improve pedestrian safety in school zones, but it looks as though some of the proposed uses may have positive residual effects as well.
As we’ve discussed many times, two of the more common causes of harmful accidents these days are distracted drivers and poorly-marked and maintained pedestrian crossings.
By pledging grant funds towards both increasing awareness, warning signs, and even perhaps crossing guard presence near school zones, it looks as though it has the potential to combat the effects of distracted driving.
Also, increasing both the size and safety of pedestrian walkways may also prove to have interesting and positive effects, as any positive safety effects may hopefully serve as a model for how to improve some of the dangers involved with other pedestrian crossings outside school zones going forward.
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