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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