November 2015                       Issue 18
In This Issue
National Best Practices Award Goes to a CT "Team"
Happy Thanksgiving
NHTSA's Don't Wreck the Holidays Campaign
Tips from Tony
APWA North American Snow Conference
Tips from Tony - Answers
National Best Practices Award Goes to a
Connecticut "Team"  
During the October, 2015 National conference on Traffic Records, a team from Connecticut competed with two other finalists for the National Best Practices Award for 2015 and WON! They won for their multi-year effort to develop and implement a state-of-the-art crash records system that now serves CTDOT, every police agency in CT, other state agencies, safety advocacy groups, and the safety research community. What the CT team achieved was an outstanding feat of technological and systems engineering, institutional negotiations and partnering, as well as just plain hard work and effort from a large team of contributors.

Top Row: Chuck Grasso (CTSRC), Rory Belanger (CTDOT), Mario Damiata (CTSRC), Mike Gracer (CTDOT) and Eric Jackson (CTSRC) Bottom Row: Maribeth Wojenski (CTDOT), Robbin Cabelus (CTDOT) and Kerry Ross (CTDOT)  Not Pictured: Kevin Slater (CTSRC)

Congratulations to CTDOT, the CT Transportation Safety Research Center (CTSRC), and the many other safety stakeholders throughout Connecticut who were instrumental in the success of this team effort.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing all of you and your families a Warm and Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you for all you do everyday to keep us safe on the roadways and to maintain our communities, the places we are happy to call home!


All the Best,

The CT T2 Team

NHTSA's Don't Wreck the Holidays Campaign
Pre-Holiday Season Drunk Driving Prevention 
November 28 - December 15, 2015 
 The holiday season is right around the corner. As we prepare for festivities with family and friends, NHTSA wants to remind all drivers that it's dangerous to drive after drinking.
You have to choose your role before drinking begins: will you drink or will you drive? Remember, even if you only have a little bit to drink and think you're "okay to drive", you could still be over the legal limit, because Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.
Click here and get your campaign materials now. 
Tips from Tony ~ What's Wrong with this Picture?
Look at this picture closely. There are 2 mistakes that have been made here. Can you identify them? Find the answers at the bottom of the newsletter. 
Tony What's Wrong #2
If you have roadway safety questions please contact:
Anthony Lorenzetti P.E. - Safety Circuit Rider 860-486-5847 or [email protected]
APWA North American Snow Conference


The New England Chapter will be hosting the 2016 American Public Works Association North American Snow Conference at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Connecticut May 22 - 25, 2016.
The conference includes a wrap-up event in the Connecticut Science Center, next door to the Convention Center. 
The Planning Group is working to set up technical tours to the State of Connecticut Emergency Operations Center (EOC)  in the Hartford Armory, the Town of Manchester's EOC, and the State's Quick Response Staging Center at Brainard Field.
The Chapter will soon distribute a call for sponsors to assist in hosting the event. We will need volunteers to assist in the many activities over the four days. For public agencies, we will be offering an Agency Sponsorship opportunity that will provide one-day access for staff into the exhibits, floor displays, vendors and suppliers.
We're looking forward to seeing you there!
For More Info Visit: 
Tips from Tony - Answers 
  1. While the MUTCD (Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices) allows this installation of the sign, Connecticut Law is to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.  
  2. The sign should not be installed within the crosswalk as it's placement may require going outside the crosswalk to get around it.  
If you have any ideas or suggestions for future Connecticut Crossroads topics, please feel free to email the designer Regina Hackett at [email protected].