NORTH HAVEN – At a recent public meeting, residents questioned the police chief and Board of Police Commissioners about increasing safety on Ridge Road after a fatal hit and run last month.
A handful of residents spoke at the April 23 commission meeting.
“I don’t really understand what’s the downfall of trying a couple speed humps… if it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work, but at least we tried something,” Ridge Road resident Kristine Henson said.
In the early evening of March 11, Maureen Munzner, 57, was walking with her two children in the area of 1500 Ridge Road when she was struck by a red Ford Fusion. The car drove off and Munzner was pronounced dead soon after the crash.
Police seized a vehicle, but have not made any arrests.
Police Chief Tom McLoughlin said they are currently waiting for results on evidence sent to the state laboratory.
Suggestions to improve safety include stop signs, speed humps, additional sidewalks, white lines to create shoulders, and radar speed signs.
“Stop signs are designed to regulate traffic follow, they’re not to be used to slow speed,” McLoughlin said.
He said since 2000, 29 accidents have occurred on Ridge Road, 10 in or around the Ridge Road Elementary School. Removing the school parking lot-related accidents, he said Ridge Road sees an average of one accident a year. About 4,000 drivers a day use the road.
McLoughlin also expressed interest in installing a permanent, solar-powder radar speed sign on the road. A temporary speed sign was erected after the March incident. The solar-powdered signs cost close to $10,000, according to McLoughlin.
First Selectman Michael Freda has expressed support for a possible town-wide traffic study. Officials agreed a traffic engineer and maybe outside consultant would be needed.
The town’s “collector” roads, including Hartford Turnpike, Sackett Point Road and Spring Road would be the primary focus.