NORTH HAVEN — In an effort to increase traffic safety on Ridge Road, police plan to add shoulder striping and portable radar speed signs by the end of next month.
The call for increased safety came after a hit and run accident in March killed local mother Maureen Munzner, who was walking along Ridge Road with her family when she was struck.
A town-wide traffic study had been suggested, but Police Chief Tom McLoughlin said after reviewing quotes from engineering firms a study will likely be “very, very expensive.” Instead, he suggested other measures that would help slow down drivers and provide additional data for police to analyze.
Police currently have two electric speed signs on Ridge Road that collect data. Police hope the new speed signs can also be used to monitor traffic patterns as well as slow down traffic in general. McLoughlin said the four speed signs will cost $18,400.
Radar speed signs typically display the road’s speed limit and a driver’s speed as they pass.
“Give us 90 days, let’s do this…if it doesn't work then maybe we have to take some different approach,” McLaughlin said at the May 28 meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners.
“I think it’s a wise move to purchase four additional monitors,” police board chairman David Monz said during the meeting.
He also expressed support for McLoughlin’s proposal to add single white stripes to the road to create defined shoulders. The striping would go from Dixwell Avenue to Skiff Street. The striping is estimated to cost around $400.
Police have questioned a driver in the fatal hit and run but have yet to announce an arrest.