Growing up in downtown Shelton resident with lifetime Shelton-Derby neighbor Anne Jemioto, Shelton never had a problem with blockages at four downtown intersections as the Shelton police \u2014 with police headquarters located in the center of town \u2014 had officers personally directing traffic there. Now with traffic signal lights, Shelton is poised to issue fines for blocking the intersections. Anne Jemioto\u2019s late brother Peter Siraco, who rose through the ranks to become Shelton police chief, was one of the officers who would \u201cmanually\u201d direct traffic at the intersections to control the flow of traffic \u2014 and allow for safe crossing by pedestrians. The new 'blocking the box' law Now, without any police officers directing the traffic flow in Shelton Center, the city will employ an initiative to eliminate traffic congestion by prohibiting vehicles from \u201cblocking the box\u201d at intersections on Howe Avenue and Center Street, based on a city ordnance passed after the state legislature enacted an \u201cobstructing intersections\u201d law in 2009. \u201cThe trouble is, people want to beat the red light and end up under it when it turns green in the other direction,\u201d says Alderman Eric McPherson, who proposed the ordinance and represents downtown. McPherson says traffic can get backed up for blocks. Alderman Stanley Kudej, who also represents downtown, agreed. \u201cWe felt that if we could keep people from blocking the intersections, we could keep traffic moving and make a lot of people happy,\u201d he says. Sadly, the era of Shelton cops directing downtown traffic is now only a memory. \u00a0Stan Muzyk is a\u00a0Derby resident.