NEW CANAAN, Conn. – Fewer accidents took place on New Canaan roads in 2012 as compared with 2011, according to statistics from the New Canaan Police Department.
New Canaan Police reported that officers responded to 513 motor vehicle accidents in 2012. Of those, 451 involved property damage was reported and 62 involved an injury.
The total is 33 fewer than the 546 accidents that were reported in 2011, of which, 491 had a report of property damage, 53 resulted in injuries and two resulted in deaths.
Police responded to 552 accidents in 2010, including 499 involving property damage, 51 with injuries and two fatalities.
Police Sgt. Carol Ogrinc said the accident total from last year is normal. Sometimes, she said, accidents may cause police and town officials to look at making engineering changes or add signs to make certain roads safer. The New Canaan Department of Public Works is examining putting an island in at Park Street and Old Stamford Road after reports of speeding and accidents there, Ogrinc said.
New Canaan Police have stepped up enforcement efforts on heavily traveled roads during certain times of the year to crack down on traffic violations, with several officers assigned exclusively to traffic enforcement. Those efforts have officers in marked and unmarked vehicles looking for drivers who fail to wear seat belts, exceed speed limits, use cell phones while driving or follow other drivers too closely.