193 driv­ers cop fines

Fans flout ‘ no park­ing’ ex­clu­sion zone

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - by Nathan Paull nathan. paull@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

EX­TRA po­lice had to be called t o Dairy Farm­ers Sta­dium on Satur­day night as po­lice booked a whop­ping 193 Nitro Cir­cus fans for park­ing il­le­gally.

Townsville traf­fic branch of­fi­cer-in-charge Se­nior - Sergeant Tony God­dard said the is­sues arose from too many peo­ple try­ing to park at the sta­dium at once.

‘‘ I’d say a lot of them prob­a­bly got im­pa­tient with wait­ing in heavy traf­fic and just parked on the side of the road,’’ he said.

How­ever, the traf­fic branch boss said traf­fic was no ex­cuse, given signs we r e clearly marked in and out­side the sta­dium’s 750m ex­clu­sion zone.

‘‘ Within that 750m ra­dius, there’s no park­ing what­so­ever on event days, not just foot­ball, but any event at the sta­dium,’’ he said.

‘ ‘ The sign age is quite thor­ough along t he area there.’’

Sen-Sgt God­dard said the un­prece­dented level of il­le­gal park­ing prompted traf­fic po­lice to call of­fi­cers on duty in other ar­eas to help dish out the $ 40 fines.

‘‘ Nor­mally you might get any­where up to 20, 30 or even 40 ( il­le­gal parks) if it’s a big Cow­boys game, or some­times hardly any,’’ he said.

‘ ‘ But this was just the high­est I’ve ever struck.’’

He said po­lice were out in force again last night dur­ing the Storm and Cow­boys NRL clash.

Sen-Sgt God­dard said last night’s clash posed a prob­lem be­cause of the early kick­off mean­ing fans try­ing to get to the sta­dium would have to share the roads with those on their way home from work.

‘‘ We’ll con­tinue to have a pres­ence un­til mo­torists stop park­ing il­le­gally,’’ he said.

‘‘ A lot of peo­ple ( at Nitro Cir­cus) have prob­a­bly been to Cow­boys games and other events, so they’d know.

‘‘ There’s just re­ally no ex­cuse.’’

Po­lice and coun­cil al­most re­sorted to tow­ing cars away from the sta­dium in 2009 af­ter il­le­gal park­ing be­came so bad Kir­wan res­i­dents could not even ac­cess their own homes. Res­i­dents com­plained footy fans were park­ing in their front yards and across their drive­ways.

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