The effort follows nearly three dozen accidents “and many near misses” last semester involving pedestrians crossing Third and Fourth streets near the Ville Grille, University Park and Cardinal Towne, said ULPD Chief Wayne Hall.

“That is a very busy area, and too many people are putting themselves in harm’s way,” he said.

Officers will cite students for walking against the lights and will be on the lookout for speeders and drivers who run red lights. They also will watch for students who are walking on Third Street rather than taking detours around construction at the Speed Art Museum.

“Student safety is our priority,” Hall said. “Unfortunately, many of our students are simply ignoring the traffic signals. We hope our presence will remind them to pay attention and obey the signals.”

John Drees is a 35-year veteran in the Office of Communications and Marketing. As vice president, communications and marketing, he works closely with the president, provost and other senior administrators, oversees the Office of Communications and Marketing, including media relations, marketing and brand, broadcast, social media, internal communication, crisis communication, visitor services and special events and activities. A former sports editor for the Voice Newspapers, he was a regular contributor to a variety of publications, including the Kentucky Sports Report and the Courier-Journal. A poor but enthusiastic golfer, he is an avid Cardinal sports fan. He also loves the Detroit Lions, so pity him.