(Atlantic) The Atlantic Police Department is doing all they can to smooth out the traffic problem in front of Washington School. Police are directing traffic to show parents and guardians how traffic is supposed to flow.
“Numerous state and city laws are being violated there because everyone is trying to drop off their children at the sometime,” stated Atlantic Police Lt. Dave Erickson.
“Vehicles are stopping in the traveled portion of the street waiting for a parking stall which is against the law, blocking private driveways, and not allowing traffic to flow through like it is supposed to, which is causing a bottleneck,” stated Erickson. “Motorists are blocking the crosswalks, which are against state law, parking within 10-feet of stop signs, some children are not wearing their seatbelts, and most of these violations are $195 citations.”
Erickson adds, “We also have parents letting their kids off in the middle of the street and allowing them to run through parked cars. So we are going to give this two weeks and if it doesn’t cure the problem we are going to start issuing citations.”
Erickson says they are asking parents to drive around the block and if there is no available parking. He says students can also be dropped off anywhere there is a crossing guard.
December 2, 2011