Friday: New Canaan Police Targeting Motorists

Officers will be looking for drivers that exceed the speed limit and use handheld cell phones, according to a statement released by Capt. Leon Krolikowski.


The New Canaan Police Department has announced that it will increase its efforts this Friday to target drivers that violate traffic laws, according to a statement released by Captain Leon Krolikowski.

Several officers will be assigned exclusively to traffic enforcement duties throughout the day, Krolikowski said, and will be on patrol in both marked and unmarked vehicles to target drivers that exceed the speed limit, use handheld cellular phones while driving, pass stopped school buses, follow too closely to other vehicles and other violations that may cause accidents.

The assigned officers will pay particular attention to the following roads, which according to Krolikowski, have increased rates of motor vehicle accidents or are locations where residents have reported violations of traffic safety laws:

  • Heritage Hill Road
  • Jelliff Mill Road
  • New Norwalk Road
  • Oenoke Ridge Road
  • Old Stamford Road
  • Ponus Ridge Road
  • Silvermine Road
  • Smith Ridge Road
  • South Avenue
  • Weed Street
Canaanite March 21, 2013 at 06:33 PM
Why are they announcing this??? So drivers can be cautious on Friday and go back to their dangerous ways next week? Also, shouldn't the police always be targeting offenders?
Patrick Henry March 22, 2013 at 12:01 AM
They always do target offenders, the article just states that they are beefing up on the usual traffic patrols. Despite this being made public, I would expect to see tons of drivers pulled over tomorrow including many from out of state on the "Ridges" (Oenoke, Ponus, and Smith). Of course, they could just be tricking us. Maybe they are planning on actually doing the crackdown on Monday.
Patrick Henry March 22, 2013 at 12:07 PM
Good morning Michael, Very interesting facts. One might also point to the dramatic dropoff of cell phone violations to the following hypothetical factors: -Stricter penalties as of 10/1/10. -Increased visibility of (and adherence to) the law, along with recidivism amongst prior offenders. -Improved technology with bluetooth ear sets and autos equipped with bluetooth. While on my way to the office this morning, I saw a car with MA plates pulled over on Heritage Hill Road. Guess they did not read the Patch or Advertiser.
Michael Dinan (Editor) March 22, 2013 at 01:19 PM
I'm hearing reports from readers that NCPD is making traffic stops all over town, and Patrick as you say Heritage Hill Road is one area where they have a presence. We are featuring a photo now taken this morning (Friday) of a motorist pulled over on that very road. Stay safe, everyone! -Mike
Glen K Dunbar March 22, 2013 at 01:53 PM
1 of 3...at least around here Ummm... Anyhow, I live on Heritage Hill Road. I have to say it is a very busy road and I do not know why? Each AM (early) when I walk to train cars go by all the time. There are so many. In the Winter (which is all the time now in my miserable life) it is hard as I have to walk in the street and there is ALWAY a car going by forcing me to move out of the way. VERY inconvenient. I will say I do not notice at all any speeders on my road where I presently live though maybe not for long unless I get a bail out like Lehmann Bros did Umm???? Anyone?????
Baffled Resident March 22, 2013 at 10:22 PM
I wasn't aware of a verification of a work slowdown by NCPD in '11&'12. Whom was it that verified this, and what actions were taken against NCPD officers, Mr. Nowacki?
Greenhill March 23, 2013 at 12:33 AM
The work slow-down is mentioned multiple times in the Police Commission notes and was acknowledged as a strong possibility for lax enforcement during the period in question by the current Chief. The NCPD was not given the same deal as NCFD thanks to Jeb Walker and the NCPD union was upset so they did not issue as many tickets until the disparity was resolved. It happened and it was poor behavior by the NCPD and not all officers agreed with the practice. Of course Jim Cole and the Commission decided to amend the minutes so they did not appear to criticize the NCPD for the worst kept secret in town.


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