On the heels of a car vs. pedestrian accident on Park Street in similarly rainy evening weather, New Canaan’s police chief is calling for participants in Wednesday’s caroling at God’s Acre to be safe.
The town, police department, DPW Highway Department, CERT and Fire Department all will enforce “increased traffic control measures” for the caroling, which starts at 6:30 p.m., Police Chief Leon Krolikowski said in a press release.
“Increased lighting, messaging, and other enhanced measures will better manage both vehicular and pedestrian traffic,” he said.
“Motorists that are not attending this event should avoid the Park Street, Main Street, Saint John’s Place and God’s Acre area,” the chief said.
Krolikowski is asking participants to:
- Park in the Upper Park Street lots.
- Use the temporary roped off and visible pedestrian walkway from the Park Street lots exit to Saint John’s Place.
- Use sidewalks whenever possible.
- Look left, right, and left again before crossing the street.
- Cross the street only where directed by Police or CERT personnel.
- Use crosswalks and obey traffic control signals.
- Wear bright clothing and/or carry flashlights.
- Avoid texting or talking on your cell phone when walking or driving.
- Make eye contact with drivers as they approach. Never assume a driver sees you.
“The New Canaan Police Department wants everyone to have safe and happy holidays,” he said.