Exmouth parents face fines for bad parking

PUBLISHED: 15:00 02 December 2011

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The police are warning parents they face being fined if caught parking irresponsibly outside an Exmouth primary school

Parents parking irresponsibly outside Brixington Primary School are putting children in danger with their selfish actions.

The police are warning those seen parking on double yellow lines, or haphazardly on road corners, face being fined if they continue.

Police community support officer Chris Ball is appealing for drivers to think of the consequences careless parking could cause.

PCSO Ball said it was up to parents to be ‘mindful’ of children and other road users when leaving their vehicle to pick up their youngsters.

The officer said there were ‘on-going’ concerns and a ‘continuous’ need by police to monitor the situation.

PCSO Ball said he believed the culprits were aware their actions posed a hazard to others.

He said: “I get the impression when I’m not about, it’s absolute chaos.

“When I am not there they just run amok.

“I know that, because if I turn up late, a lot of cars move.

PCSO Ball said he had received a number of complaints from homeowners living near the school, fed up by the daily parking scrum.

The officer said traffic wardens had issued tickets to some culprits and he had handed out letters.

PCSO Ball said: “The parents are all vying for parking spaces but there is only so much I can do.

“Also, people with disabled badges think it is a get-out-of-jail free card and that they can park where they like.

“They flash me their badge when they are parking on the corner.”

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