Parking pest Plymouth parents warned on school run
PARENTS on the school run were warned by police about their parking habits.
Operation School Safe has come about following complaints from parents who follow the rules but are fed up with those who use double yellow lines and crossings as their own private parking spaces.
Parents around Montpelier School in Beacon Park took note of officers' advice, but PC Debbie Benwell, neighbourhood beat manager for North Prospect, said others have not been so receptive.
She said: "Sometimes the response of parents to our words of advice is worse than what you get down Union Street on a Friday night.
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"In July I had one case where I had to call for back up after an angry dad – who'd been caught for the third time – smacked me with his door and then refused to give his details. I had to threaten him with arrest.
"The bad attitude we get from some parents is guilt. They become incredibly offensive and it's often the same ones.
"It's corny, but it's absolutely about the safety of the children. Other parents, who park responsibly, or walk their children, come to us because it is such a major issue for them.
"These operations are about educating parents. Some are quite open to it while others are less so."
PC Benwell said she hopes to run the operation made quarterly in her area to reduce the problems anti-social parking causes.
She said: "We've made the parking around Montpelier school a priority because it's dangerous there. We had a lad run over earlier this year. We have asked the council's enforcement team to assist by increasing their patrols.
"If a parent has been given a ticket by the enforcement team, and then we find them doing it again, we can send a note to the enforcement team and they will be fined again."