Effective immediately, the Leitchfield Police Department will begin “aggressive enforcement” of all traffic laws in Leitchfield’s West Main Street corridor and will issue citations to anyone who commits any traffic violation in this location.
In a letter released to the media, Leitchfield Chief of Police Kevin Henderson said that the Leitchfield Police Department (LPD) has been coordinating with management from Bel Brands USA Inc., located at 602 West Main St. in Leitchfield, to make the crosswalk “safer for the 325 employees of the business who must cross the roadway each day to report to work and once again when going home.”
Henderson said that numerous measures to improve the safety of the Bel Brands crosswalk have been implemented, including a flashing light, reflective paint on the roadway, signage, a speed monitoring trailer, additional speed enforcement, and lighting.
“Even with all of the measures that have been utilized, there have been numerous incidents that could have resulted in serious physical injuries or even death,” Henderson wrote.
One such incident, depicted in a recent 32-second surveillance video of the Bel Brands crosswalk that was released by the LPD, involved an individual for whom a vehicle had stopped to allow across the road.
As the individual enters the crosswalk, another vehicle goes around the stopped vehicle and nearly strikes the individual.
Henderson said that, per the increased enforcement of the traffic laws in the West Main Street corridor, “any traffic violations, including but not limited to speeding, careless driving, reckless driving, failure to yield right of way to person(s) in the crosswalk, etc. will result in a citation.”
“No warnings or courtesy notices will be given regardless of the situation,” Henderson wrote. “The posted speed limit in the area is 35 mph.”
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.