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Thursday, September 3, 2009

09/03/09 PRESS RELEASE: Pedestrian Safety Operation

See attached press release for details.

(See attached file: Pedestrian Safety Operation)

Lieutenant Daniel Allen
Greenwich Police Department
Public Information Officer
11Bruce Place
Greenwich, CT 06830
Tel. 203-618-8819
Fax 203-618-8852


Pedestrian Safety Operation

On Thursday September 3, 2009, the Greenwich Police Department Traffic
Enforcement Unit along with the Community Impact Section conducted a
Pedestrian Safety Operation on Mason Street at the intersection of
Fawcett Place and Milbank Avenue.

The focus of the enforcement effort was motorists failing to yield to
pedestrians trying to cross the street in the two clearly marked
crosswalks. In addition, those motorists using a cell phone while
driving were also stopped. The enforcement operation consists of a
plainclothes police officer acting as a pedestrian trying to cross the
street, in the clearly marked crosswalk, and then observing which cars
stop and which do not. Uniformed officers, in radio contact with the
plainclothes officer, pull over those motorists that do not stop down
the street.

The effort was a result of numerous complaints received by the Police
Department concerning the problems encountered at that location by
pedestrians trying to cross Mason St by utilizing the crosswalk. The
results of this morning’s effort are as follows:

(3) Stop sign violations
(7) Cell phone violations
(18) Failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.
28 total citations issued

These, and other efforts will continue as the Department strives to
respond to the public in attempting to make the Town of Greenwich safer
for pedestrians and motorists. As of this date, motor vehicle collisions
are down almost 10% for 2009 as opposed to the same time period in 2008.


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