Give ‘Em a Chance: Pedestrian & Bike Safety Highlighted By Greenwich Police

Screen Shot 2014-09-25 at 7.59.59 AMThe Greenwich Police Department will promote pedestrian safety during the month of October.

Through a combination of public service announcements and increased enforcement throughout Town from the end of September to Halloween, they hope to convey the message, “Be Aware!”

Police advise residents to be aware of their surroundings and to watch out for pedestrians and bikes when driving, and to look out for cars when walking, running, or biking.

Enforcement of Violations. Preventing Vehicle-Bike, Vehicle-Pedestrian Accidents
Their second message is that it’s everyone’s responsibility to be aware of the rules of the road and to obey them. Greenwich Police will enforce violations that all too often result in vehicle-pedestrian and vehicle-bike conflicts, including both crashes and close calls.

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Passing a School Bus
When a school bus is displaying flashing ride signal lights all moving traffic must stop, whether traveling in the same or opposite direction of the school bus.

A local example would be US Route 1, West Putnam Ave, which has four lanes of actual travel. When a school bus has its red signals activated all traffic, from curb line to curb line, must stop.

The operator of any vehicle must immediately come to a stop not less than 10 ft from the front when approaching and not less than 10 ft from the rear when overtaking or following any school bus on any highway or private road or in any parking area or on any school property when such bus is displaying flashing red signal lights, except at the specific direction of a traffic officer.

This violation carries one of the largest non-commercial vehicle fines at $465.00 for the first offense.

Other violations and their corresponding fines are as follows:

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