Police, Families Frustrated By Deaths, Lack Of Stop Light
WESTPORT, CT (WCBS 880) - In the last two years, two Westport residents have been killed on crosswalks on Post Road East in Westport.
WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reports
The two incidents occurred just a couple hundred yards apart.
The town was turned down flat by the state Department of Transportation when it requested a stop light in the area and the local police are frustrated.
Now, the family of the man killed two years ago has raised money for a flashing signal that would at least slow traffic at the site.
Police chief Al Fiore says the town can’t even proceed with that without the okay from the DOT, which, Fiore says, is slow to act
“The state either has to put in some sort of a traffic light there or remove the crosswalks because I think it’s giving people a false sense of security.”
In the most recent accident a woman was struck by a car traveling at a slow rate of speed. The chief says no alcohol involved, just another tragic death.