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Montague police considering fines for parking hazards

TURNERS FALLS — Though local police have no problem with people going to church or picking up the kids at school, they do have an issue with the way people are parking to do so.

If problem parking on Seventh and L streets and Turners Falls High School, doesn’t stop, officers will start writing tickets, according to Police Chief Charles “Chip” Dodge.

During church hours, parishioners parking on Seventh and L streets are creating a traffic hazard, said Dodge. Some are parked in posted “no parking” zones, and their cars are jutting too far into the road because of the snowbanks.

“It is making it impossible for emergency vehicles to safely pass through this area,” said Dodge.

He suggests that churchgoers park in their church’s parking lot, or park along one of the neighborhood’s side streets.

Parking during student pickup at the high school is also an issue.

Parents have been double-parking in the school’s driveway, he said, creating a backup as cars in the rear and middle of the pack have to wait for everyone ahead of them to leave before they may follow suit.

“I am asking parents to please try to stay in one single line along the curb in the pick up and drop off area in the front horseshoe driveway of the school,” said Dodge.

Officers will be monitoring both locations during problem hours, with their ticket pads close at hand, ready to issue fines, said Dodge.

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