2007-02-02 / Community

DOT To Crack Down On Illegal Parking Nearby Schools

St. Francis, Public School 114 Are Targets

Over the next several months Department of Transportation Enforcement Officers will visit schools throughout the borough of Queens at arrival or dismissal times to remind parents of the dangers of illegally parking around schools, a DOT official said on Tuesday.

DOT employees will pass out cards to illegally parked motorists outside schools reminding them both of the hazardous conditions created by illegally parking their vehicles and of the fines for doing so.

Parking in 'No Standing' zones (both at intersections and in front of schools), crosswalks, and double parking pose the single largest traffic risk to both children and motorists and are all punishable with a $115 fine, Craig Chin, an official with the agency, said.

Following DOT visits to randomly selected schools, NYPD Precincts, Traffic Enforcement, and Borough Commands have jointly agreed to make unannounced ticketing blitzes at those same locations.

Local sources say that the problem is worst on the west end of the community, where people park surrounding PS 114, St. Francis de Sales parochial school and PS 225.

The Wave has learned that all three of those schools is on the list of those to be visited.

St. Francis de Sales parents are reminded that both Rockaway Beach Boulevard and the beach block of Beach 129 Street are off limits to parkers and those who park there will be given tickets.

The school-side curb of Beach 134 Street, Beach 135 Street and Cronston Avenue are also off limits. Parents may park on the opposite curb, or on Cronston Avenue beginning on the eastern side of Beach 134 Street.

The enforcement initiative is designed to keep parents, staff and students safe outside schools during the drop-off and pick up times.

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