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Icy sidewalks force pedestrians to take risks in the road

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Icy sidewalks are posing hazards for pedestrians around Indianapolis. Icy sidewalks are posing hazards for pedestrians around Indianapolis.
Some sidewalks are so dangerous, pedestrians are forced to walk in the street. Some sidewalks are so dangerous, pedestrians are forced to walk in the street.
The law gives businesses and homeowners a few hours to clear sidewalks. The law gives businesses and homeowners a few hours to clear sidewalks.
INDIANAPOLIS -

Many residents around central Indiana haven't cleared snow and ice from sidewalks in front of their home and that is leading to some surprisingly serious injuries.

By night, people are walking on busy Indianapolis streets to avoid ice on sidewalks. We saw it during the day, too, a woman walking alone along Meridian Street and a father walking in the gutter, but making sure his children stayed off of 38th Street.

"It's terrible. It's not safe for anyone walking, especially kids," said one woman, Jennifer. "I fell once and busted my tail."

That's why Jennifer says she's been walking in the streets.

In Indianapolis, the law says businesses and residents have to get their sidewalks clean. They have anywhere from a few hours to a half-day, depending on when the snow hits.

The longer the snow sits, the greater the chances for ice build-up, which is a lot harder to clear.

"It's just terrible, man. You can't get around anywhere. I was walking the street halfway up here just to avoid the ice...avoid slipping and falling on the ice," said Macklin Arnold.

Failing to clean your sidewalks could mean a $50 fine. City code enforcement says there's a 93 percent compliance rate on all property issues, but it didn't appear as if that many sidewalks had been cleaned Tuesday evening. That could be because the city issues very few tickets, while walkers take risks.

"It's dangerous if I fall, too. I have a lot of problems going on," Jennifer said.

"There's plenty of time to salt and shovel those sidewalks, so I don't understand why they're not completely clear," Arnold said.

Eskenazi Hospital officials say their emergency room is seeing patients from falls on icy sidewalks, same with St. Vincent Hospital.

Indianapolis rules for snow clean-up

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