(KMOV) –The Missouri Department of Transportation responds following a News 4 report about an accident-prone intersection near two local schools.
“We will be putting on high visibility back plates to draw attention to the signal indications,” said Michelle Voegele with Mo-DOT.
After learning of the spike in crashes in front of two Chesterfield schools on Wild Horse Creek Road, MoDOT officials say they plan to add brightly-colored plates around the traffic signals. They hope to draw drivers’ eyes to the changing light.
Right now, the signal flashes yellow during all hours except right before and after school lets out. School officials told News 4’s Alissa Reitmeier they have pushed to make the light operational at all times so drivers won’t blow through the red light , believing they only need to yield.
When asked why MoDOT will not make it fully-functional, Voegele said, “we don't want drivers to become used to seeing a solid green indication and train themselves just to keep going. We feel that the flashing message is a safer message to drivers.”
Grasso said that just this month; her car was totaled by a red-light runner while her 2-year-old was riding with her. She doesn’t think the bright back plates will make a difference the way a full light could.
“That’s really the only thing that will solve the problem. I think having a police car sitting out there will help people become aware too,” she stated.
MoDOT said they are going to work directly with the Chesterfield Police Department to see how they can make the intersection safer through enforcement.