High metropolis, police, state officers meet to search out methods to make Pittsburgh’s South Facet safer – WPXI

PITTSBURGH — Shootings, fights and chaos over the last few weeks have led to stricter rules in one of Pittsburgh’s most popular places to go out. More measures will now be going into effect.

“What I expect folks to see over the course of the next few weeks will be an increased presence of law enforcement,” said state senator Jay Costa.

Costa called the meeting with the city’s top brass to find way to stop the South Side from being a problem area. Plans include extra police patrols and liquor control enforcement to make sure bars are not overserving people.

“Are they serving to folks who are visibly intoxicated? Things of that nature,” Costa said. “South Side is a great community, a strong business district during the day and some of the things occurring on weekends and evenings, we have to get a better handle on.”

In order to help curb the violence, city leaders started blocking off incoming lanes of traffic on East Carson Street during certain hours. The Giant Eagle store there also decided to close an hour earlier after a fight inside.

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