Park it properly
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