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Parents driving their children to and from Meadows West School is creating a dangerous situation in the neighbourhood, according to some parents and local school officials.
Parked and stopped vehicles are making it difficult to navigate several nearby streets. Parents and school officials say they fear someone could get hurt if the problem isn’t addressed.
"We have to consider the safety of the children," said Meadows West principal Roger Le Grand.
Illegal parking and speeding were raised during an Oct. 17 meeting of the Meadows West School parent council. Parents gathered to ask school administrators what is being done about the issue and discuss potential solutions.
Le Grand said he has talked with parents who park illegally while picking up their children. He said many of them indicated they don’t think it’s a serious problem.
He noted some parents think nothing of illegally parking in no stopping zones near the school. Others double park and block traffic behind them so they can load their kids into their vehicle.
"Police officers have issued tickets for $170 to offenders but it hasn’t made the problem go away," he said.
Le Grand said the school already includes a message to parents about proper driving habits in its newsletter.
Area residents have noted that Garton Avenue is the focus of many of the problems.
A woman crossing the street was hit by a vehicle during the week of Oct. 10. Although she wasn’t injured, the next pedestrian may not be as lucky, residents say.
Coun. Mike Pagtakhan (Point Douglas) said he is concerned about the situation at the school.
"Folks should be able to get to school in a safe manner," he said.
Pagtakhan said he would prefer to focus on educating parents rather than increasing bylaw enforcement.
"Enforcement may work for that particular offender," Pagtakhan said. "But the next one may decide to play the lottery."
Le Grand said one solution might be to have parents assist school patrols in the area, although the school has had a tough time recruiting parent volunteers in the past.
Pagtakhan said he would like to see more adult patrols around Meadows West School. He said an adult presence would add an extra layer of protection.