CBS4 Exclusive: Special Barriers To Protect Halloween Crowd In Miami Beach

November 3, 2019 posted by


IF YOU KNOW MORE ABOUT THIS MAN, CALL BROWARD CRIME STOPPERS AT 954-493-TIPS. NOW AN EXCLUSIVE CBS4 NEWS REPORT, A LOOK AS CREWS PREPARE FOR TONIGHT’S HALLOWEEN FESTIVITIES ALONG LINCOLN ROAD IN MIAMI BEACH, BUT THIS YEAR YOU WILL NOTICE SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT AIMED AT KEEPING SAFE. THAT SOMETHING DIFFERENT, SPECIAL BARRIERS TO HELP PROTECT THE ANTICIPATED 50,000 PEOPLE AT TONIGHT’S ANNUAL BLOCK PARTY. THE CITY PURCHASED THE BARRIERS BECAUSE OF GROWING CONCERNS ABOUT TERRORISM IN THE WAKE OF VEHICLE ATTACKS. CBS4CBS4’S PETER D’OENCH IS LIVE RIGHT NOW. Reporter: THESE GREEN BARRIERS ARE SET UP OVER A NINE BLOCK AREA BY LINCOLN ROAD MALL. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THIS HAS BEEN DONE RIGHT HERE ON MIAMI BEACH AND ONE OF THE FIRST CITIES IN SOUTH FLORIDA TO DO THIS. MANY WE HAVE SPOKEN TO FEEL THIS COULD SAVE LIVES. SAFETY IS GOOD. IT’S A GOOD THING. Reporter: SECONDS AFTER THESE GREEN ARCHER 1200 VEHICLE BARRIERS GO UP AROUND THE ROAD PEDESTRIANS ARE APPLAUDING. I THINK IT’S A GOOD IDEA. THE REASON I DON’T ATTEND HALLOWEEN ANYMORE IS THERE’S JUST TOO MANY PEOPLE AND YOU WORRY ABOUT DENVER. Reporter: THE MIAMI POLICE SERGEANT SHOWS US HOW ONE OF THE BARRIERS IS SET UP. 76 ARE IN PLACE FOR THE HALLOWEEN STREET PARTY. THESE BARRIERS WEIGH ABOUT 800 POUNDS APIECE. THEY’RE MOVED OUT INTO THE TRAFFICWAY. AS THE VEHICLE HITS IT FROM THE OPPOSING SIDE, IT WILL LIFT THE VEHICLE OFF THE GROUND AND DISABLE IT. Reporter: THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A VEHICLE HITS THESE BARRIERS. IT’S ALL PART OF A VOTER APPROVED PROGRAM CALLED PEDESTRIAN SAFETY IN PUBLIC PLACES. WE’LL BE ABLE TO CLOSE THE ROADWAY, HARDEN THE ROAD. SO THAT WAY IF ANY VEHICLES DECIDE INTENTIONALLY OR NOT INTENTIONALLY TO DRIVE INTO A CROWD, WE HAVE A WAY TO PROTECT PEDESTRIANS. Reporter: THE BARRIERS ARE PART OF FEDERALLY APPROVED ANTI- TERRORISM TECHNOLOGY PUT IN PLACE AFTER THE 9/11 ATTACKS AND A MADE GROWING CONCERNS AFTER TERRORISTS KILLED AND INJURED SCORES OF PEOPLE AFTER HITTING THEM WITH THEIR VANS AND TRUCKS IN PLACES LIKE NEW YORK CITY, LONDON, PARIS AND BARCELONA, SPAIN. WE HAVE TO BE PREPARED. WE DON’T KNOW. WE CAN ONLY HOPE THAT THAT WOULD NEVER COME TO MIAMI BEACH AND NEVER BE AN ISSUE HERE, BUT WE HAVE TO BE PREPARED TO BE ABLE TO PROTECT OUR CITIZENS IN OUR CITY. Reporter: WHICH SEEMS TO PUT MANY AT EASE. A LITTLE SAFETY IS FINE. SO YOU NEVER KNOW LIKE LOOK IN BARCELONA. I GUESS ALL PROTECTION IS GOOD. NOTHING EVER HAPPENED HERE, BUT, YOU KNOW, IT DOESN’T HURT. IT’S GOOD. Reporter: NOW MIAMI BEACH CITY WORKERS AND POLICE HAVE BEEN BUSY ALL AFTERNOON PUTTING THESE BARRIERS IN PLACE. THE PARTY STARTS AT 7:00 TONIGHT. POLICE SAY THERE HAVE NOT BEEN PROBLEMS HERE BEFORE, BUT AUTHORITIES NOTE THAT OCTOBER HAS THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF PEDESTRIAN DEATHS NATIONWIDE

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