Starting this week, the Winnipeg Parking Authority is running a month-long educational campaign to help Winnipegger’s “Be Aware and Park with Care.” The goal of the campaign is to improve safety for children, parents, staff, and neighbours around our community schools and to make sure that emergency services vehicles have access to fire lanes and other designated areas in the case of an emergency. It also important that we respect our handicap spaces and make sure they are available to those that need the space. We want this message to get out to the public so we can all enjoy safer and happier communities.
As of May 1st, people not obeying the law by parking illegally around schools, in fire lanes or in designated parking spaces will be ticketed. The Winnipeg Parking Authority has the ability to capture illegal parking on camera and will be mailing tickets out. We are hoping that this month-long campaign will help send the message to people to be aware and park with care so you do not get ticketed as of May 1st.
As someone who lives on a school street, I see the impact this issue has on the schools everyday. I have seen principals and teachers outside trying to manage traffic and the related safety issues around their schools. As a former chair of my parent council and a former school board member, I know that this has been an ongoing issue across our communities.
Whether in front of a school, at the mall, at the grocery store, or at our local community centre, we have all seen someone parked in a fire lane or in a handicap parking space when they do not have the pass. The reality is that emergency vehicles need to have immediate, clear access, and every second counts. Even if you are sitting in your car waiting for someone, you are violating the law and could be ticketed. Please Be Aware. Park with care.