2009-03-13 / Editorial/Opinion

Give The Parents A Break

Parents from throughout the peninsula have been letting us know that the city has declared war on people who drop their kids off at school in the morning and pick them up in the afternoon. We have known for a long time that police officers and traffic enforcement agents have their "favorites," - places where they know that there is a target-rich population for parking tickets. Schools, especially during the hours of 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and 2:15 to 3:15 p.m., will find lots of parents and grandparents parked illegally nearby so that they can pick up their elementary grade children. What could be better than St. Francis de Sales School and PS 114, where several hundred kids attend, and where the great majority are dropped off and picked up by relatives. Last week, a traffic enforcement officer had a field day at PS 114, where at least four dozen cars were illegally parked on the snowy streets while their drivers were standing in the schoolyard waiting to pick up their children. We hate to give advice to politicians, but Eric Ulrich, who was just elected to the City Council, could make a large splash in Rockaway and go a long way towards his reelection if he could propose and pass a bill that would make a two-block area around schools off limits to tickets during those two hours each weekday. Parents all over the city would cheer if such a law would pass the council, even though it most likely would be vetoed by Mayor Bloomberg, who just wants middle-class money to fund his elitist ideas. It's worth a try, however, and parents all over the city would be grateful.

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