193 drivers cop fines
Fans flout ‘ no parking’ exclusion zone
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.