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School zone parking the spotlight of September enforcement education program

With school starting in just under a week, enforcement services officers will be educating the public on the dos and don’ts of stopping and parking in school zones.

Enforcement Services Sgt. Charlene Gallant says one of the most observed offences involves parents parking far too close to a designated crosswalk.

“Everyone is in a rush to drop their kids off and get busy, and get to work but they are in fact breaking the rules of the road and will be ticketed for parking in or on any pedestrian crosswalks.”

Gallant says another major concern they have when it comes to drivers in school zones is what they call “left wheels to the curb”, when people are parking on the wrong side of the street. She says she gets it may be done for a good reason, but it still an offence which comes with a fine.

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“We see that as well when people are rushing and they cross over a centre line to park and get their kids out a vehicle in an expedient manner so they don’t have to cross the road, but that’s also something our officers are looking for.”

Gallant says the average fine for parking-related tickets in Grande Prairie is around $78.

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