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LMPD targeting illegal driving at dangerous downtown intersections for pedestrians

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Police are targeting some of the most dangerous intersections in downtown Louisville and watching for illegal and dangerous driving habits. In this photo from Jun. 18, a police truck pulls over someone who ran a red light. Police are targeting some of the most dangerous intersections in downtown Louisville and watching for illegal and dangerous driving habits. In this photo from Jun. 18, a police truck pulls over someone who ran a red light.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It has been a deadly year for pedestrians in Metro Louisville and police have been implementing some programs to curb the trend.

Since January, nine pedestrians have been killed.

"Right now, what we are focusing on is drivers and their behaviors," Sgt. William Patterson said. "And that is our main goal is to lower that number."

Patterson is with LMPD's traffic unit, which is running a pedestrian safety detail in downtown Louisville.

"We've written five tickets in the last 35 minutes," Sgt. Patterson said.

In just a matter of hours they had written several tickets. In fact, in the middle of our interview, they wrote another one.

There's a 'no turn on red' sign at the intersection, but the driver still disputes the stop and says police are targeting him.

"[It's] his third ticket in two weeks," Patterson explained.

But that wasn't the last we heard of that driver.

"Really? Man, he just did it again," Patterson blurts out during the interview.

A few minutes later, he's back to plead his case to Sgt. Patterson after he appeared to run the red light again.

Sgt. Patterson says it is not uncommon for drivers to dispute the violation, that's why the camera inside his car is always recording.

"You were right here next to me when that light turned red," Sgt. Patterson told the driver. "This video camera is running the entire time."

But in this case, the driver still believed he is being targeted by police.

"Three tickets in three weeks," the driver protested. "You know what I mean?"

"Well, we're not following you around if that's what you're claiming," Sgt. Patterson replied. "We are out here at these intersections and we're doing a detail." but I'm getting it in the exact same truck."

The detail is part of a federal grant and includes the city's most dangerous intersections.

The intersections include:

  • Fourth and Market
  • Fourth and Broadway
  • Second and Broadway
  • Bardstown Road at Goldsmith Lane
  • Preston Highway at Gillmore

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