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UofL police to ramp up patrols near University Park

by John Drees, communications and marketing last modified Jan 29, 2013 02:32 PM

The UofL Police Department is ramping up patrols to offset a rash of traffic violations and accidents on the northwest side of campus near University Park, Cardinal Towne and many of the residence halls.

The effort follows nearly three dozen accidents “and many near misses” last semester involving pedestrians crossing Third and Fourth streets near the Ville Grille, University Park and Cardinal Towne, said ULPD Chief Wayne Hall.

“That is a very busy area, and too many people are putting themselves in harm’s way,” he said.

Officers will cite students for walking against the lights and will be on the lookout for speeders and drivers who run red lights. They also will watch for students who are walking on Third Street rather than taking detours around construction at the Speed Art Museum.

“Student safety is our priority,” Hall said. “Unfortunately, many of our students are simply ignoring the traffic signals. We hope our presence will remind them to pay attention and obey the signals.”

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