New Canaan Police to Target Traffic Law Violators on Tuesday

Efforts to target drivers who exceed the speed limit and use handheld cell phones will be intensified, according a statement released by the department.


Several officers of the New Canaan Police Department will be assigned exclusively to traffic enforcement duties on Tuesday in an effort to catch motorists violating traffic laws, according to a statement released by Captain Leon Krolikowski.

Officers will be assigned to both marked and unmarked vehicles and will target motorists who exceed the speed limit, use handheld cell phones while driving, pass stopped school buses, following too closely to other vehicles and violate other traffic laws that can contribute to accidents.

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

Officers will pay particular attention to the following roads which, according to the department, have increased rates of motor vehicle accidents or are locations where citizen complaints about traffic safety have occurred:

  • New Norwalk Road
  • Silvermine Road
  • Heritage Hill Road
  • Smith Ridge Road
  • South Avenue
  • Oenoke Ridge Road
  • Old Stamford Road
  • Jelliff Mill Road
  • Ponus Ridge Road
S Tadik October 15, 2012 at 08:20 PM
GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR NCPD This is good news. Cell phone enforcement is the highest priority driving initiative going and education and enforcement are important..
Lisa Corrado October 15, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Now that we have sidewalks on Main Street, people are flying even faster down that road. I live on Down River Road and it's difficult to pull out of our dead-end street onto Main Street because it's right on a curve. And it's a little scary walking on the sidewalks especially on the downhill straightaway because everyone's speeding. Our neighbor's car was struck while exiting our street by someone apparently speeding around the curve. We have complained, so I have no idea why Main Street is not on this list.
S Tadik October 15, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Sorry, LIsa. Are you talking about the sidewalk on the west side of Main Street up the hill and north of Harrison Avenue and the Cemetery. It's hard to hold your speed down going down the hill. Drivers should be braking down the hill but few seem to slow down.
Lisa October 15, 2012 at 08:35 PM
They should have used some of that tar they used to make curbs and made speed bumps.
heavens sake October 15, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Iam not surprised how few people walk on the new sidewalks at the lower half of Main St. Perhaps it is the pedestrians that would now rather drive in cars because it is safer. Oh well, the new sidewalks and newly paved roads look nice, although the budget and Town polititians took a hit.
Jaimie Cura (Editor) October 15, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Hi dear readers - are there other roads in New Canaan (not listed in the article) that you feel are problem spots in town?
Four Jacks October 15, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Very common problem! I don't know how some of these people expect us to see them.
Four Jacks October 15, 2012 at 10:04 PM
All of the intersections on 123 where there are lights, people fly right through the red lights. We sit there and count them while we patiently wait for everyone to decide the light is red enough to actually stop. This would be a great place to rake in the $$$$.
TP October 15, 2012 at 10:13 PM
What we shouldn't do is concentrate enforcement at 6 am on empty roads for cars going 5-10 mph over the limit on the way to the train, the city or to work. Leave the working people alone and focus on those headed to yoga class at 10 !
Greenhill October 15, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Many of the cut-through streets in town like Summer, Hoyt, Church, Harrison, and Gower for example. Posted speed limit is 20 and the majority of people fly down these streets to avoid traffic lights on 123 and South Avenue. Also many of the cut-through streets in town do not have sidewalks and it is dangerous to walk during the morning and evening commutes.
Four Jacks October 15, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Isn't that called "profiling"? Why should train riders and commuters be speeding? Are they above the law? What about people who volunteer or take care of an elderly friend, what category is that? You sound like you think you're very important, but the laws need to be applied to all.
K.H. October 15, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Summer Street at Cross Street! Please park a petrol car in my moms driveway! Nobody ever makes a full stop at the stop sign..they just breeze right though!
K.H. October 15, 2012 at 11:56 PM
*Patrol *Through
Jaimie Cura (Editor) October 16, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Jenny Field mentioned this area on the New Canaan Patch Facebook page, as a spot where safety is an issue. She wrote: "Yes....corner of Weed and Elm!" www.facebook.com/newcanaanpatch
Baffled Resident October 16, 2012 at 01:36 AM
The corner of Weed and Elm is something of a nuisance, but it isn't inherently dangerous. Dangerous would be the intersection of Silvermine/Carter/Canoe Hill. They actually should ban left turns from Carter to Silvermine. It's that dangerous.
S Tadik October 16, 2012 at 01:55 AM
MEMORY LAME We should rename Main Street to Memory Lame to honor the former 1st Selectman and current Chairman of Town Council for their failure to inform the voters in the referendum about the Lakeside Bridge fiasco. Maybe Lisa was talking about the downhill drag strip on the section of Main Street south of the library and north of Harrison Avenue, though.
Jaimie Cura (Editor) October 16, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Here's some more feedback from our Facebook page. Lorrie Ozimek writes: "Farm Road (stretch between Main Street and South Ave.). I can't tell you how many times cars have come right up on my bumper because I'm doing the speed limit (we are near a school and lots of kids are walking, folks!). Another street is Marvin Ridge. I see cars flying up and down this road with no regard for the speed limit and some even miss the stop sign at Nubel Lane/Marvin Ridge." www.facebook.com/newcanaanpatch
mary parker October 25, 2012 at 05:41 AM
I am sorry but why do the Police publish when they are going to plan a day to catch people breaking the law? Cell phone use, running red lights, no seat belts, ect.. You are tipping the law breakers off to not do these things that day. Shouldn't it be un anounced and done every day?
Tom October 25, 2012 at 12:39 PM
I personally believe that the commuters who use Old Stamford Road as a motor speedway are some of the most aggressive drivers in town. I have been aggressively tailgaited at 6:15 am when I have the audacity to drive the speed limit on that road. I do it intentionally as this is where my children live. I don't care that you are going to be late for your train. Leave earlier.
Tom October 25, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Several years ago I was passed by a school bus at the intersection of Farm and South that subsequently ran the red light. That pretty much says it all. On Tuesday morning I watched a commuter attempt to pass a school bus that was driving to slowly for him at 6:20 am on Old Stamford. I laughed hysterically as the school bus then put its red flashing lights on and stopped for no one. I tip my hat to that.
Greenhill October 25, 2012 at 01:35 PM
I hear you on that one I bet it is related to a similar issue seen in the State of Ohio. The local and state police must publish DUI/DWI traffic stop locations a week in advance. Why? Random checkpoints that are published cannot be claimed as entrapment according to the US Supreme Court. To a certain extent the NCPD are providing a courtesy and public announcement warning while protecting the integrity of the summons issed to violators if they go to court.
gb October 25, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Richmond Hill Rd.


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