Calgary Parking Authority

Calgary Parking Authority

September 07, 2011 12:25 ET

Calgary Parking Authority: PSA: Park Safe Campaign Serves as Back-To-School Reminder for Calgary Drivers

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Sept. 7, 2011) - With another school year underway, the Calgary Parking Authority (CPA) wants to remind Calgarians to park safely in school zones. Each year, the CPA receives numerous complaints about how people park in these areas. Dedicated parking enforcement staff patrol school zones year-round to ensure the safety of children who are being dropped off or picked up at school.

"The Calgary Parking Authority is asking parents and other motorists to park only in designated parking zones and cross the street at a safe location," said Acting General Manager Troy McLeod. "In addition to parking appropriately, we are asking drivers to avoid jay walking and use designated crossing locations. Our Park Safe campaign strives to educate Calgarians on safe parking habits and increase compliance."

Approximately 1,600 tickets are issued each year for school zone infractions. The minimum fine for any school zone parking infraction is $50.

Drivers can park safely in school zones by following these tips:

  • Avoid double parking;
  • Watch for signs indicating 'No Stopping' and 'No Parking' zones;
  • Keep school bus zones clear so children can step off the bus and onto a curb instead of exiting into a busy street;
  • Leave 5 metres between your car and any crosswalk markings. This will ensure children are visible when they enter the crosswalk;
  • Park a least 5 metres from stop signs, yield signs or intersections so that you can clearly see any children in the area; and
  • Avoid blocking entrances to garages or driveways. Stay back at least 1.5 metres.

These and other school zone safety tips are outlined in CPA's Park Safe brochure. Each year the CPA delivers brochures to more than 280 schools across the city. The brochure is available for download on the CPA website.

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