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LMPD begins crackdown on pedestrian violations

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The department is now setting its sights on the pedestrians themselves. The department is now setting its sights on the pedestrians themselves.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – According the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Louisville is the 17th most dangerous city for pedestrians in the United States. In 2014, the city was awarded a three-year $307,000 grant to raise awareness and prevent further fatalities from occurring.

Louisville Metro Police have been implementing programs to crack down on pedestrian injuries and deaths, but the department is now setting its sights on the pedestrians themselves.

“I'm from New York City and I feel less safe walking here because of the car situation,” said Mark Bovino. “They aren't used to pedestrians than I do in New York.”

In 2014, around 480 were hit by cars, 18 of those died. So far in 2015, 11 people have died after being hit by cars.

Tuesday morning saw a number of LMPD officers at the intersection of Fourth and Broadway handing out fliers to people who may have crossed the street illegally. Police say no tickets were written Tuesday morning but there might be more of that soon.

“They need to know that drivers don't necessarily know that you're going to be crossing when they're turning,” Bovino said.

It’s all a part of “Look Alive Louisville,” a program aimed at reducing the amount of pedestrian fatalities in Louisville. The program was announced in April as part of the grant the city was awarded.

"These numbers are astounding and I think you all agree with me in that this is not a category we want our city to lead in," said LMPD Sgt. Ruby Ellison at the announcement in April.

Metro Police say in the future, violators of pedestrian safety laws could be slapped with a $100 fine. For now though, the department is still trying to raise awareness.

“I feel comfortable (walking into Louisville),” Bovino said. “It’s just something that I'm extra aware of because I've heard and known people that have gotten hit by cars so I don't want to be one of those.”

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