Area Leaders Attend Regional Traffic Safety Meeting

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As both a State Representative and a local First Responder I have become increasing aware of the recent uptick in motor vehicle accidents and pedestrian vs. vehicle incidents that have occurred on our state and local roads. While I understand that each town has their own Local Traffic Authority, in many cases this is the First Selectman, I thought it was imperative for all of us to meet collectively to further discuss these issues.

Today’s meeting provided local leaders the opportunity to air their concerns directly to state law enforcement and transportation executives. After each town was reviewed, it became increasing clear that there were many similarities between our small towns. Issues that were brought up were existing speed limits, an increase in road lighting and road signage, and overall road layout and design.

At the conclusion of the meeting, state executives were asked to take the information that was gathered and disseminate it internally throughout their respective departments. We will then meet for a second or possibly third time to create an action plan that will address the previously disclosed issues, mitigate those identified risks, and eventually help reduce the number of accidents in the future.

The following is a list of state roads that were targeted for discussion:

Route 7
Route 41
Route 44
Route 63
Route 112
Route 126
Route 341
South Kent Road

Troop B Area Stats Since 1/1/17:

632 accidents
4 Fatalities
16 Serious Injuries
120 Minor Injuries