Road safety: Stricter rules, stiffer fines to be enforced

June 23, 2016 GMT

STAMFORD — Riding on the momentum of two events last month centered around leaving cars in park, the city has announced plans to improve roadway safety, particularly in the accident-prone and highly congested downtown where a cyclist was killed in May.

Armed with traffic studies and crash data, a team of city planners, engineers and community advisers will identify areas in need of better crosswalks and stricter policies toward drivers, with hopes of developing a Master Plan in the next year.

“In addition to infrastructural improvements for vehicles and bikers to share the road, we would also like to offer recommendations for new policies, strategies of enforcement and education,” said Emily Provonsha, Stamford’s transportation planner.

The announcement comes after recently passed state legislation stiffening penalties against motorists who strike pedestrians and bicyclists. Sen. Carlo Leone, D-Stamford, had introduced the legislation May 3 raising the current fine to $500 from $181 and making the offense a criminal one.

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