‘Don’t Block The Box’ Campaign Ramps Up

HARTFORD, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) – In an effort to ease traffic gridlock on city streets in Hartford, police will start fining motorists who stop halfway through an intersection and block crossing traffic.

Officials held a press conference in Downtown Hartford Thursday to announce the “don’t block the box” campaign. Grid patterns have been painted in many of the city’s busiest intersections to help with enforcement.

Under a new city ordinance, the fine for blocking the box is $117. Police plan to start issuing verbal and written warnings on Monday. The fines start Oct. 17.

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