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Police prepare for game and keeping fans safe

Sgt. Michael Webb Sgt. Michael Webb
The UofL t-shirt The UofL t-shirt
The UK t-shirt The UK t-shirt

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Whether you choose to wear red or blue Friday night, Kentucky State Police just want to make sure you accessorize with a seat belt.

Starting at 11 a.m., troopers gave out free UofL and UK t-shirts to the 200 people they see buckled up in the student parking lot of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. The troopers asked fans to sign a seat belt pledge promising they'll always buckle up while traveling.

"We have a very heated match tonight and we wanted to make sure that we can use that theme to carry on the message of seat belt safety across the commonwealth of Kentucky," said KSP Sgt. Michael Webb.

"Man I think this is wonderful. Public safety. UofL. Man, I love this," said one fan as he drove away.

While it's all fun right now passing out the shirts the reality behind the slogan, "Never miss a game. Buckle Up." is very real

"We've had 49 persons die on our roadways this year because they were not restrained," said Webb. "It's just a very senseless act because it's such a preventable death."

Louisville Metro Police joined KSP in reminding people to buckle up and be safe. It was just the beginning of a long day for police.

LMPD will divide their focus into four areas of the city likely to see a lot of activity.

Branch 1: Broadway from First Street to 28th Street
Branch 2: Broadway from 28th Street to Southwestern Parkway
Branch 3: Waterfront/Downtown Business District/ Fourth Street Live Area/Bardstown Road - Baxter Avenue Corridor
Branch 4: UofL Campus area

These roads will be closed for the game:

8 pm (Friday, March 28, 2014) - 2 am (Saturday, March 29, 2014)

  • Brandeis Avenue from 3rd Street to 4th Street
  • Cardinal Boulevard from 3rd Street to 4th Street

Midnight (Friday, March 28, 2014) - 2 am (Saturday, March 29, 2014)

  • 3rd Street at Bloom Street
  • 4th Street at Bloom Street
  • 4th Street at Industry Boulevard
  • 3rd Street at Eastern Parkway
  • Cardinal Boulevard at 2nd Street

These streets will not be closed, but may have heavy traffic:

  • 4th Street Live and the surrounding area and adjacent streets
  • Broadway from 7th Street to 38th Street and adjacent side streets
  • Baxter Avenue and Broadway, south to Baxter Avenue and Highland Avenue
  • Baxter Avenue and Highland Avenue, south to Bardstown Road and Grinstead Drive

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