Increased Police Patrol as New School Year Approches

New Canaan Police stress their zero tolerance policy for driving violations like passing a stopped school bus.


Starting on August 28, the first day back to school for New Canaan students, New Canaan police will begin increasing traffic enforcements with more officers in the area of schools, said Sgt. Carol Ogrinc.

Ogrinc advises drivers to give themselves ample time in their morning commute in order to deal with the increase in traffic as residents return from vacation and students are dropped off/picked up from school.

Along with looking out for drivers breaking the speed limit and operating while using a cell phone, police are cracking down on drivers passing stopped school buses.

“The amber lights on the stop sign mean you should prepare to stop,” said Ogrinc, “which is then followed by the flashing red lights, which indicate the bus will stop and there is to be no passing.”

A school bus with red flashing lights unloading students is not to be passed in any vicinity, whether it is on the road or in a parking lot, said Ogrinc.

If a driver passes a stopped school bus, the bus driver will report the vehicle information to police, at which point the driver is subject to a $460 fine. New Canaan police also release the names of violators, stressing their zero tolerance for passing a stopped school bus.

Hollywood2 August 23, 2012 at 01:01 AM
School bus drivers also should be held accountable as far as the way they drive as well. Just because they are driving a school bus, doesn't mean they can break the rules, which they frequently do.
Darcy Fitzpatrick August 23, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Good. It makes me crazy when I see that and worse when they get away with it
Lisa August 29, 2012 at 03:39 AM
Ironically with all the concern about safety, the crossing guard who controls the traffic light at intersection of Farm Rd and South Ave was not at his post at the start of school rush hour. To me it was a very dangerous situation given volume of traffic and children trying to cross street to their schools. The police must have been alerted to the situation. After dropping my son off at Saxe I noticed a police car come roaring up Farm with siren blaring. Police officer got out and started operating the light. With all the great planning how did this happen? No doubt we will all read tomorrow all the cheery cliched quotes about the smooth school opening . To me not having a crossing guard at one of most dangerous intersections in New Canaan puts a damper on the standard meme.


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