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El Paso City Council to discuss Cincinnati district pedestrian safety

By: Stacey Welsh
EL PASO, Texas -- A nightlife hot spot is a hot topic for discussion with the El Paso City Council. The council could discuss making a plan to keep pedestrians safe around the Cincinnati Avenue entertainment district.

Accidents involving pedestrians in that area have been a problem throughout the last 10 years. That includes an accident in 2007 where a pickup truck hit and killed two people crossing Mesa at Cincinnati.

"It's always very sad to reflect on that because... they died because of people driving so recklessly and so fast all the time," West El Paso resident Alfredo Jauregui said.

KFOX14's media partner the El Paso Times reports the Cincinnati area has history of drawing in the most police calls out of any other entertainment district in the city.

The issue has prompted concerned residents to petition the city to add a pedestrian bridge over Mesa Street at Cincinnati in the past.

"I think the pedestrian bridge is a good idea, but I also think that the city should maybe pursue putting like railings on some intersections because I mean people obviously are driving, walking and driving under the influence," Jauregui said.

Others in the area KFOX14 spoke with, who did not want to talk on camera, said they often see drivers speeding down Mesa near the Cincinnati district bars.

Some said the city can't do enough to keep pedestrians safe.

"Maybe have more police actively driving and patrolling the area and enforcing people to slow down," Jauregui said.

The City Council postponed talking about possible pedestrian safety measures last week, but is set to pick up the discussion again Tuesday.