I’m probably stating the obvious here. But most St. markets are temporary in nature (farmer’s, or harvest markets) and only occur on a certain day or two of the week or for a short period (Christmas Markets). Local police department’s put up metal stanchions and post a traffic cop more for crowd and traffic control, than anything else. They are not a deterrent to a dedicated threat using a vehicle as a weapon or an errant driver. Now before you go and tell the mayor or the police commissioner his cops are ineffective let me explain.
It’s a matter of physics and not “goodwill or attentiveness” on the part of the policeman. A vehicle traveling at just 10 mph covers a distance of approximately 73 to 102 feet in the 5-7 seconds it takes a trained officer to view, identify and react to an errant vehicle – intentional or otherwise. Unless the speed of the vehicle is severely reduced to below that speed the vehicle will travel significantly further before it is recognized as a potential threat. Cops are doing a great job everyday but they can’t beat physics – no matter their super hero powers, unfortunately.