After a 7-year-old girl was tragically killed as she was crossing Highway 109 in St. Louis County, area officials are working on ways to prevent pedestrian accidents along the road.
What Causes Pedestrian Accidents?
Pedestrian accidents can happen for several reasons, including but not limited to the following:
- Lack of Crosswalks
- Distracted Driving
- Drunk Driving
- Poorly Lit Roads and Crosswalks
- Poor Road Conditions
- Defective Brakes, Tires or Headlights
How Does St. Louis County Plan to Prevent Pedestrian Accidents?
There are several schools that sit along Highway 109, which means that children often have to cross the road as they travel to and from school. Since the death of a 7-year-old girl in a pedestrian accident in April, lawmakers have been determined to make improvements to Highway 109 to prevent more children from suffering the same fate.
As it stands now, officials in St. Louis County have proposed adding lighting to an existing crosswalk near one end of Babler Elementary, which is located at the intersection of Shepard Road and Highway 109. In addition to adding beacons to increase lighting at the existing crosswalk, officials want to add a second crosswalk that would cross Highway 109.
Adding the beacons and second crosswalk would reportedly cost around $50,000. To help fund the proposed improvements, officials are applying for a state grant. Another proposal under consideration involves using shuttle buses and overflow parking to cut down pedestrian traffic during big events held at Lafayette High School, which is also located along Highway 109.
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