Police Step Up Patrols On Game Day

By: Wendy Enneking Email
By: Wendy Enneking Email

Thousands of UK football fans descend on the neighborhoods surrounding Commonwealth Stadium on days when the Wildcats play at home. And many of those people don't follow the city's ordinances, especially when it comes to parking.

Lexington police are hoping to get the word out to fans about the laws. In doing so, they've stepped up patrols in those neighborhoods on game days.

UK played its first home game Saturday against Norfolk State. Police took to the streets on foot, on bike and on horseback. When it came to parking, most violators were issued warnings. However, motorists who committed more serious violations like blocking a fire hydrant, were cited. One ordinance that is commonly disobeyed involves parking in yards. People can park in back or side yards of private residences but not in front yards.

Police say the goal of this weekend's presence was to educate people. By the next home game, they'll start cracking down on those who break the laws.


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  • by Goebel Location: Lexington on Sep 8, 2008 at 06:02 AM
    There are SO MANY parking places!! around UK I can't see why anyone would park in the front yard. Maybe our police department needs more to do.
  • by FormerUKFan Location: Lexington on Sep 7, 2008 at 07:17 AM
    Let's change the ordinance! How silly to allow people to park in side or back yards but not in a front yard...it's a stupid ordinance at best probably passed by a bunch of whiners who like to control other people's property because they are busy-bodies. Amend the ordinance that on home game days it is allowable, and it will solve this whole issue. There's only 7 home games this year, if you can't stand it for a week then go out of town on those weekends (like most people who don't like football do anyways). As far as Fred who sat in traffic for 45 minutes, I can't believe you had the lack of common sense to drive anywhere near UK on a home football game day. You either stay outside the circle, at home, or on the north side of town during games because it is WELL-KNOWN to everyone that traffic near UK is impossible to deal with during a game. That was just bad judgment on your part to go near the place instead of waiting until it was all over.
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Sep 7, 2008 at 06:02 AM
    Yeah, I noticed them last night when I saty in traffic for 45 minutes while they "directed" traffic. By the way, I didn't get to go to the game, but thanks to the masterful traffic control, I think I got to sit and watch everybody who did go, leave.

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