- Associated Press - Friday, July 11, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indianapolis officials will close the main street through a nightlife district to motor vehicles on Friday and Saturday nights to reduce violence there.

Indianapolis police Lt. Chris Bailey says the midnight-4 a.m. closure of several blocks of Broad Ripple Avenue could begin as soon as this weekend. Seven people were injured by gunfire there early on July 5.

Only emergency vehicles and taxis would be allowed past blockades on the street. Officials say pedestrians won’t be allowed to stand on the roadway, only to cross it.

Broad Ripple Village Association President Justin McKeand says the new policy should reduce the number of drivers who cruise the avenue. He says drivers sometimes park their cars simply to talk with people outside bars without going inside.

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