September 12, 2011
City targets illegal parking around schools to protect children
While students are hitting the books, the City’s Parking Enforcement Officers are hitting the pavement to ticket and tow illegally parked vehicles.
Parking Enforcement Officers are beginning a three-week, zero-tolerance parking enforcement campaign to get drivers in the habit of parking legally around schools.
“Parking illegally around schools creates congestion and blocks sightlines, making it harder for drivers and kids to see each other,” says Erin Blaine, Parking Enforcement Coordinator with the City of Edmonton. “To keep our kids safe, it’s important that no parking zones are respected during the school run.”
Parents dropping kids off for school should park legally down the street from the school and walk their children to the door.
The annual campaign also focuses on residential neighbourhoods, bus zones and emergency access routes around post-secondary institutions.
Post-secondary students should park in their college or university’s parking lot or walk, bike or take transit.
Vehicles parked illegally in these areas will be ticketed and towed without warning. Owners will be subject to a $50 fine, plus any towing and impound fees.
Officers handed out over 2,000 tickets during last September’s campaign. The City also towed dozens of vehicles around schools and post-secondary institutions.