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SXSW returns with safety changes after 4 killed last year

1 year 10 months 5 days ago March 16, 2015 Mar 16, 2015 Monday, March 16 2015 March 16, 2015 3:28 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Paul J. Weber

AUSTIN, TX - The South by Southwest music festival will have new safety measures after last year's revelry was shattered when a driver plowed into a crowd of concertgoers, killing four people and injuring many others.

Event organizers and civic leaders in Austin, Texas, began looking into how to improve safety after a driver plowed through a barricade during last year's event into a crowd of concertgoers, killing four people and injuring many others.

There will an increased police presence during the music portion of South by Southwest, which begins Tuesday. Organizers also have taken steps to cut down on overcrowding in concert venues and free alcohol giveaways, and this year's curfew has been moved up.

Several lawsuits alleging lax safety were filed after last year's accident. The driver is charged with murder.

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