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New Canaan Police to Implement Seat Belt Checkpoints

New Canaan police are intensifying their efforts to enforce traffic laws and reduce accidents.

If you haven't kicked the dangerous (and illegal) habit of checking your cell phone while driving or you always forget to fasten your seat belt before your trip, New Canaan police are now zeroing in on you. 

Effective immediately, officers are intensifying their efforts to crack down on drivers who violate road rules, such as passing a stopped school bus, speeding, using hand-held cell phones, following too close, driving without a fastened seat belt, or violating any traffic law that contributes to accidents. 

"This is part of a campaign to reduce motor vehicle accidents in areas where there are a higher number of accidents," said Captain Leon Krolikowski. 

Additional officers will be posted in marked and unmarked vehicles around town, specifically focusing on New Norwalk Road, Smith Ridge Road, South Avenue, Oenoke Ridge Road, Old Stamford Road and Jelliff Mill Road.

This effort to reduce accidents is part of the nationwide "Click it or Ticket" campaign and officers in New Canaan will be assigned to seat belt checkpoints. 

"The is serious about enforcing Connecticut’s traffic laws in an effort to reduce the frequency and severity of motor vehicle accidents," stated the New Canaan Police Department. 

Glen K Dunbar May 25, 2012 at 04:27 PM
No worries here. I always buckle up. Also, no need to have cell phone w/me when I drive....I am married LOL GLEN
Greenhill May 25, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Shooting fish in a barrel just go to the NC YMCA parking lot and watch the drivers pull in chatting away on their hand-held phones ignoring the children entering or leaving the building.
Richard Cranium May 25, 2012 at 06:39 PM
How about setting up some speed traps on newly-paved main street? Cars heading out of town use this stretch as a runway, routinely breaking the sound barrier.
Greenhill May 25, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Good suggestion!
Four Jacks May 25, 2012 at 09:03 PM
How about all those people on 123 that refuse to stop when the light turns red, they just keep flying through.
TP May 25, 2012 at 09:29 PM
We really need a cop on every corner and another patrolling in every neighborhood - they can catch speeders, cell phone talkers, moms leaving their 13 years old babysitters, stop sign runners, underage drinkers, pot smokers (better have lots of dogs too), those walking with traffic, bicyclists riding against traffic, non-bucklers, condo balcony grillers, loose dogs and ponies, coyotes, geese feeders, un-neutered dogs at the dog park, jaywalkers, litterers, and Democrats. Ah paradise is just around the corner !!!
Dave May 26, 2012 at 12:23 PM
I agree TP, NCPD dosent have to look far for these infractions, you for got the Starbucks coffee holders who are on there cell phone while backup up and yelling at there kids people
Lisa May 28, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Instead of a cop on every corner the town needs to purchase a couple of spy drones.
mary parker May 28, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Spy drones? All you people condeming the Police force finally trying to crack down on you speeders, cellphone users, stop sign runners, red light runners are just upset that you will eventually be pulled over and handed a ticket. New Canaan is out of control with you people that jepordize other drivers and padestrians in our town and need to be caught. I for onesee so many teens and adults breaking driving laws far to much and finally something will be done about all of you. Hurray for NCPD.
Lisa May 29, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Yes - spy drones. It's the latest in modern policing. Given that the police are so overburdened ( as we learned from Rob Mallozi in letter to local papers) drones would be a highly efficient way to supplement the man power of NCPD. I would imagine that 2 drones could cover the town a lot quicker than a few squad cars. It might be greener as well.
Glen K Dunbar May 29, 2012 at 01:28 PM
What is a drone?? Also, I am willing to obey traffic ,laws. That makes sense while some other things the legal entities want to chase make NO sense whatsoever. Of course that is true all over..not just New Canaan GLEN
william ramsey May 29, 2012 at 03:11 PM
this is of no concern to me we must stop Chris Dudley at all costs
CONCERNED CITZIEN 3 May 30, 2012 at 02:00 AM
We must focus what is truly the problem bad rolemodels like Justin Bieber, he drove a very expensive car in his video and he did not wear a seatbelt, this cannot stand. NO MORE MUSIC IN NEW CANAAN, JOIN THE CAUSE TO THE MAXX. Also I believe that it's Freelance Willey not this Christopher Dudley we should worry about. Free Lance Willey represents the most dangerous form of music out there DUBSTEP.
CONCERNED CITZIEN 3 May 30, 2012 at 10:31 PM
chris dudley is a fine upstanding citzen
Elmcrest May 30, 2012 at 10:52 PM
@Lisa: you've completely misread First Selectman Rob Mallozzi's letter to the papers. His point is not, as you say, that our police are "so overburdened." He does say, however, that he's thankful for the "vigilance, training and dedication that members of our police department demonstrate every day on behalf of the citizens of New Canaan." All this idiocy about spy drones and the need for police on every corner is just non-productive sarcasm and hyperbole. If the police arrest someone for driving and texting or for passing a school bus that's discharging elementary school children, so be it. The policeman or policewoman isn't the problem there, it's the person who so casually puts others' lives at risk and then gets mad at the cop for catching them in the wrong.
Barb Dwyer June 02, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Today June 2 looks like a bad one car accident at 7:30 this morning. Just north of YMCA 7 before the middle school. Could this be another distracted driver. My guess is yes.

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