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Bloomington Police Increase Security During Little 500 Race

Little 500 begins this weekend in Bloomington.

Police are stepping up their efforts again in preparation for the Little 500 bicycle race.

Bloomington Police Captain Joe Qualters says officers will be working during the overnight hours when the need is greatest.

“We will be focusing on those individuals who draw attention to themselves by yelling, screaming, vandalizing, engaging in fights, maybe operating a vehicle while intoxicated,” Qualters said. “Those are all the things our officers are going to be looking for, but primarily we want this to be a safe event of everyone.”

The Indiana University Student Foundation sponsors the event and hires its own security to check people for alcohol before they enter the track.

Indiana University Foundation Little 500 race director Jordan Bailey says most bad behavior occurs at private residences and not at the event itself.

“Inside it is a family friendly atmosphere,” Bailey said. “Obviously the majority of our patrons are the Indiana University college student, but at the end of the day all of the people are there to see a bike race.”

The police department says that students should use the Lifeline Law in case of emergencies. That law allows students who are underage and have been drinking to notify police if their friends need medical attention.

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