You want regionalism? When it comes to traffic enforcement, so do police chiefs from six area departments: Bridgeport, Stratford, Fairfield, Trumbull, Monroe and Easton. See video above courtesy of Doing It Local.
The new Fairfield County Traffic Unit was announced on Thursday in which the associated departments pledged a pact to pursue motor vehicle infractions across town lines.
Police chiefs cited the strength in law enforcement numbers to pursue drunk driving and distracted motor vehicles suspects, enhance safety, bolster tight budgets and also apply for state grants in the cause of training and regional communication.
The new traffic unit has raised some questions from Bridgeport City Councilor AmyMarie Vizzo-Paniccia in an email to city officials.
“This cannot be right and legal. How fast do you think those liability claims will be sent in to Bridgeport?
What are the state rules, union and contractual rules? Payments of overtime situations? Budgetary obligations? Separate budget book? Who is in charge of grant monies if any?
The way BPD works is more of a risk in many ways than when BFD covers a surrounding town/city.”