NEW BRITAIN – After the community raised concerns about drivers speeding through neighborhoods and busy intersections, the city has launched a new campaign to address those issues.
“Operation Safe Travels” is an initiative that was launched earlier in the month to increase speeding enforcement in key areas throughout the city. It is also a direct response to community concerns and Mayor Erin Stewart said the initiative will hold those driving recklessly responsible and there will be consequences.
“People show zero regard for our neighborhoods and the people that live there when they blow through intersections without adhering to traffic laws,” Stewart said. “This city does not tolerate our residents’ lives being put at risk and this initiative will make sure dangerous drivers are held accountable for their irresponsible actions.”
An arrest was made during the first week of enforcement, along with seven misdemeanor summons, 19 verbal warnings, 57 traffic infractions issued and one vehicle refused to stop for police. The decision on where to focus these efforts was based on resident concerns, motor vehicle crash data and past enforcement history.
As part of the new campaign, traffic enforcement has been conducted so far in the areas of Monroe Street, Pershing Avenue, North Street, Slater Road, East Street and Corbin Avenue.
“The New Britain Police Department is using an intelligence led model to determine the areas that will be prioritized for enforcement,” New Britain Police Chief Christopher Chute said. “If there is an area where there is a higher concentration of motor vehicle accidents occurring, we want to be there to curb that activity.”
“The safety of our motorists and pedestrians are our priority,” he added.
The initiative is funded through a federal grant that allows the Police Department to increase their number of patrol officers to focus on conducting traffic enforcement, according to the city.