PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh police are stepping up security on the South Side now as people start returning to the area.
On East Carson Street, increased human traffic has resulted in crowded sidewalks, pedestrians pouring onto the street in the midst of traffic, and parked vehicles blocking safety lanes.
“It is always dangerous to cross the streets because they are so narrow. It’s hard to see cars and people coming out – especially at night, ”said Akhu Black, a South Side resident.
There were also fist fights, pedestrians being hit by vehicles and incidents of gun violence.
“While we’re glad that Pittsburgh has been returning to a semblance of normalcy since the peak of the pandemic, the situation on the South Side has become dangerous and unsustainable,” said Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich. “First-aid vehicles must have access to East Carson in an emergency, and crowded sidewalks pose a hazard to pedestrians who can then get onto the streets and into vehicular traffic. Without change, someone will be seriously injured or killed. “
Starting Friday July 2, 2021, Pittsburgh police will issue warnings and then quotes to those blocking public passageways.
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Physical arrests can result when people fail to comply. The quotes can result in fines of up to $ 300 plus legal fees.
Police motorcycle and bicycle units will also be in place to enforce parking.
All vehicles that violate the advertised measures will be towed away.