Area Towns Band Together to Form Regional Traffic Enforcement Unit
(Photo courtesy of the East Haven Police Department)
Six local police forces have joined forced together in an effort to make roadways safer.
According to a press release issued by the East Haven Police Department, law enforcement agencies in East Haven, North Haven, North Branford, Branford, Madison, and Guilford launched a new initiative dubbed the South-Central Regional Traffic Enforcement Unit. The unit, launched on June 15, plans to address the "most common public safety issues affecting our communities."
"Over the past several years due to several issues, including but not limited to COVID-19, traffic enforcement has decreased considerably througout Connecticut," North Branford Depuy Chief of Police James Lovelace said in a written statement. "Unfortunately, as a result, we have also experienced an increase in serious and fatal motor vehicle crashes. Our investigations have revealed that most of the acccidents are attributed to speed, aggressive and distracted driving."
The initiative will focus on one town at a time, targeting specific roadways chosen in part because of the number of complaints received and through information learned from traffic crash data. Officers will be on the lookout for aggressive and impaired driving, unregistered and uninsured vehicles, seatbelt violations, and other common violations. The unit will be utilizing a combination of LPR 900 License Plate Readers and LASER/Radar enforcement for speed detection.
"Our goal is to educate the community and change the driving behaviors that lead to crashes and make our roadways safer for our families," Lovelace explained. "Our intent is to solely focus on traffic crash data and is not associated with crime statistics or any crime prevention strategies."
During its first day, the enforcement unit conducted over 50 motor vehicle stops in East Haven. Enforcement action ranged from verbal warnings, infractions, misdemeanor arrests, and criminal arrests.
"We value the partnerships that we have established with our neighboring agencies," said East Haven Deputy Chief Patrick Tracy in a statement. "It is important for us to work collaboratively to educate the motoring community to create safer roadways throughout all our towns."
Motorists can find the status of their license at https://www.dmvselfservice.ct.gov/LicenseStatusService.aspx, and registration status information can be found at https://dmvcivls-wselfservice.ct.gov/Registration/VerifyRegistration?language=en_US. Information about minimum insurance requirements can be found at https://portal.ct.gov/DMV/Insurance/Insurance/Connecticut-Insurance-Indentification-Card.