WKU Public Radio News Staff
Tue January 31, 2006
Louisville Ends Derby Cruising
Louisville, KY – Louisville's mayor says he wants to end the automobile cruising during Kentucky Derby week.
Mayor Jerry Abramson says he's concerned about the increasing acts of violence during the cruising, which bottles up traffic throughout the city in the days leading up to the race.
Each year thousands of revelers in souped up cars make their way to downtown Louisville. The cruising causes gridlock and often turns West Broadway's six lanes into a parking lot.
One person was killed and three others wounded during Derby weekend last year. 65 people were arrested.
Police say they plan to strictly enforce local ordinances and state laws against public drinking, disorderly behavior and loitering.