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New Canaan Police Make 89 Stops During Crack Down on Distracted Drivers

New Canaan Police reportedly established patrols on some of the town's busiest streets and issued tickets for a variety of violations, including cell phone use while driving, speeding, following too close and failure to wear a seat belt.

About a month after a New Canaan teenager allegedly with her SUV, New Canaan Police reportedly made 89 motor vehicle stops on Wednesday as part of an overall effort to crack down on distracted drivers.

Police reportedly established patrols on some of the town's busiest streets — including Oenoke Ridge Road, Smith Ridge Road, New Norwalk Road, South Avenue, Old Stamford Road and Jelliff Mill Road — and issued tickets for a variety of violations, including , speeding, following too close and failure to wear a seat belt.

Police focused mostly on roads which have "increased rates of motor vehicle accidents or are locations where citizen complaints about traffic safety have occurred," according to a press release from Captain Leon Krolikowski.

In an emailed statement, Rob Mallozzi called the day of increased enforcement "an important undertaking" and added that he would encourage more such actions "as time and resources allow."

The release does not state how many infractions were issued.

Norwalk Police on April 10.

Meanwhile the state Senate unanimously approved a bill on Wednesday that would , bicyclists, highway workers and others users of roads considered to be "vulnerable" on top of any existing criminal charges.

Jack Keegan May 04, 2012 at 05:42 PM
I think it would benefit everyone if the police would also crack down on cyclists who seem to think that traffic laws do not apply to them.
Glen K Dunbar May 04, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Believe it or not. Glen AGREES w/this 100%. yea, I can't believe it either. This is a set of laws that make sense and Glen is willing to obide. I always buckle up, do NOT talk/text and drive (Actually, I am married so I do not need a phone, plus NO NONE friends except phonies who try to mold me and tell my how lucky I am). I also of course to NOT drink/drive. I not speed. I use turn signals. See how great and nice a guy I am??? As for some of the other laws. Those one needs to scratch their heads on at times. GLEN
S Tadik May 04, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Legitimate stops for traffic violations are absolutely acceptable. Illegitimate stops are not.
WiltonTwinMom May 18, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Is this comment a joke? If you don't feel comfortable leaving them outside, then leave your pet indoors. Using resources to crack down and penalize unsafe drivers is a great use of resources. I wish our town police in Wilton would do the same thing.
Glen K Dunbar May 18, 2012 at 11:39 PM
I typed that last week. You all will hopefully see a new Glen now. But, I will say politely. Yea. MV laws for the most part do make sense. As for the poster above concerned about roaming animals. We do not take out dogs out though we should. We use the pads. If you are worried for your pets, do leave them in.

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