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Louisville to use decoy officers to help prevent pedestrian deaths

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Louisville is one of the top 20 most dangerous cities in the U.S. for people crossing the street. On Tuesday, the metro council committee voted to accept a $307,000 grant from the federal government to help try to prevent them.

Louisville is one of three cities - including Philadelphia and New York City - to get the money. The main goal of the program is to teach people how dangerous the city's streets really are.

"We were just looking around the cars you would've thought we were in Las Vegas," said one visitor walking in downtown Louisville who nearly got hit while crossing the street, even though she and her husband had the right of way.

"We were trying to be really careful because, just to make sure we didn't get run over,” she said.

”Well I'm used to being out in traffic I work out in it, so I'm used to people driving like that," said her husband.

In 2012, eight people were killed in Louisville while crossing the street. In 2013 that number more than doubled to 17.

There are currently five high-risk ares within the city of Louisville. Three are right in downtown including at 4th and Market, 4th and Broadway near the Brown Hotel, and Broadway and 2nd near JCTC. The other two are at Bardstown and Goldsmith and Preston and Gilmore.

At these locations, as part of the grant, officers would be used as decoys, handing out tickets to those who are not following the rules.

"If I knew that randomly there were decoys,” said Patty Schweinhart of Louisville, “I think that most people then might think twice. I really do.”

The city will also put out a “See and Be Seen Campaign," educating students, putting a TV spot together to show at traffic school, and handing out reflective straps and lights for people walking at night.

"With the new Yum Center being down here and a lot more attractions now being down here with the concerts I think it'd be helpful to have more security," said Eric Schweinhart of Louisville.

Because the grant includes a contract with the city and federal government, council members have to take a final vote next week.


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