Watch For Me CT is a comprehensive program aimed at reducing the number of injuries and fatalities as a result of traffic crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists in Connecticut. It is funded by the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) and managed in partnership with Connecticut Children’s Injury Prevention Center.
The operation will take place between the dates of December 12-January 17, 2020 at the following Downtown crosswalks: Chapel Street at Church Street, Chapel Street at Temple Street, Chapel Street at College Street and Chapel Street at High Street.
Officers will be conducting education and enforcement at the heavily traveled crosswalks for motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians who fail to yield the right-of-way. Educational materials handed out will have information that will increase awareness about safe behaviors and knowledge of laws for pedestrians, drivers, and bicyclists.
A reminder to vehicle operators and pedestrians alike that Connecticut General Statute 14-300(c) states, “each operator of a vehicle shall grant the right-of-way, and slow or stop such vehicle if necessary to so grant the right-of-way, to any pedestrian crossing the roadway within such crosswalk, provided such pedestrian steps off the curb or into the crosswalk at the entrance to a crosswalk or is within that half of the roadway upon which such operator of a vehicle is traveling, or such pedestrian steps off the curb or into the crosswalk at the entrance to a crosswalk or is crossing the roadway within such crosswalk from that half of the roadway upon which such operator is not traveling.”