The cost of police presence during events at KFC Yum! Center

The cost of police presence during events at KFC Yum! Center

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A red light didn't stop an alleged drunk driver from hitting a pregnant woman and her two children as they after a Disney on Ice production.

While we'll never know if anything could have made a difference in that crash we do know that there weren't any police or crossing guards in place that night.

Currently, the Louisville Metro Police Department is only used for traffic control around the KFC Yum! Center when there are more than 10,000 people in attendance for an event.

When asked whether the venue is reviewing its policy, a spokeswoman declined to comment.

It costs an average of $6,000 to provide traffic detail for an event attracting 12,000 ticket holders, according to LMPD Public Information Officer Carey Klain.

That estimate includes officers and traffic guards before and after a game or event.

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When crowds come and go, Bearno's managing partner George Timmering hopes to get a slice of the business.

"Generally they've done a very good job since the inception of the arena with the street traffic and pedestrians," Timmering said.

Timmering says traffic control should be based on who's going, not how many.

"I think you have to look at the crowd, when Miley Cyrus was here, that crowd was a little more rambunctious than an average crowd and they didn't follow street traffic at all. When there's primarily adults I've noticed they're going to obey the crosswalk signals. When there's a younger crowd - they don't. And that's dangerous," Timmering said.

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