Mayor’s pri­mary park­ing plea

Comment News (Gosnells) - - Street Watch -

THE City of Gos­nells is urg­ing par­ents of pri­mary school chil­dren to avoid park­ing on foot­paths and res­i­den­tial verges.

School re­turned last week and City of Gos­nells Mayor Ol­wen Searle said driv­ers could cause ac­ci­dents near schools if they parked in in­cor­rect places.

“Our rangers aren’t mon­i­tor­ing il­le­gal park­ing for fun, they’re work­ing to keep you and your chil­dren safe,” she said.

“In the past, rangers have re­ported abu­sive be­hav­iour from par­ents who were asked to move their il­le­gally-parked cars dur­ing school drop-off and pick-up times.

“At the start and end of the school day, other­wise quiet res­i­den­tial streets are flooded with chil­dren, par­ents, teach­ers, cars and buses, and one il­le­gally parked car block­ing the views of driv­ers and pedes­tri­ans could have fa­tal con­se­quences.”

Schools have been given in­for­ma­tion about safe park­ing and they have been of­fered ranger visits to class­rooms and rangers to mon­i­tor park­ing.

Cr Searle said chil­dren could be dif­fi­cult for driv­ers to see. They were still learn­ing the dan­gers of the road and of­ten ex­cited or dis­tracted.

She ad­vised driv­ers to ar­rive early, try walk­ing to school or take ad­van­tage of the kiss-an­dride fa­cil­i­ties.

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