Park it prop­erly

The Compass - - OPINION -

Guess what, mo­torists! It’s il­le­gal — and dan­ger­ous — to park in the fire lanes at the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion Square Shop­ping Mall in Car­bon­ear, or ob­struct the cross­walks in the park­ing lot with your ve­hi­cle.

Just in case there’s any doubt, that sen­tence was writ­ten in a way to con­vey a sense of frus­tra­tion and dis­gust.

Why? Be­cause it ap­pears many mo­torists in this re­gion feel it’s per­fectly OK to thumb their noses at this law and thought­lessly park along the front side­walk at the square, in many cases di­rectly un­der the no park­ing signs.

They do this de­spite the fact a spa­cious — and le­gal — park­ing spot is no more than 50 to 70 feet away.

On any given day, it’s com­mon to see up­wards of a dozen ve­hi­cles parked in the fire lane. Many are left idling, the driver at the wheel, wait­ing for a spouse or fam­ily mem­ber to emerge from the mall. Oth­ers are un­oc­cu­pied, sure to cause a se­ri­ous prob­lem for fire­fight­ing, med­i­cal and po­lice ve­hi­cles that may have to use this space in the event of an emer­gency.

The is­sue has caught the at­ten­tion of the po­lice in re­cent months, and tick­ets have been is­sued. Many peo­ple who visit the mall have also ex­pressed frus­tra­tion, but the prob­lem per­sists.

Where does this heed­less­ness come from? Is it lazi­ness? Ar­ro­gance? Ig­no­rance? Why is it so hard to grasp?

Ac­cess for emer­gency ve­hi­cles is not the only con­cern. Pedes­trian safety can­not be over­looked. Those emerg­ing from the mall are of­ten forced to walk be­tween th­ese il­le­gally parked ve­hi­cles and into traf­fic. This im­pedes vis­i­bil­ity, and in­creases the like­li­hood of a ve­hi­cle-pedes­trian col­li­sion. Let’s also re­mem­ber that chil­dren are a com­mon sight on this park­ing lot.

Let’s clean up our acts be­fore some­thing hap­pens that we’ll all re­gret.

— Terry Roberts

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