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Disabled motorists ‘blocking’ main road
A DORCHESTER woman claims she is tired of motorists with disabled badges causing traffic problems with the town on market days.
Sandy Weatherburn lives near the market and says most weeks she is encountering disabled motorists parking on double yellow lines in Weymouth Avenue, causing disruption to the flow of traffic through the town.
Recently the 48-year-old housewife, pictured below, has started taking photos of the inconsiderate parkers and posting them on social network site Twitter.
She said: “I live just around the corner from the market so I’m often going into town and one week a car was parked right in the middle of the traffic light junction so that was terrible.
“The next week I was coming back from the library and where you have the coaches parked to pick up people from day trips there was a disabled car parked right opposite them.
“There was only room for a single flow of traffic and, of course it’s the main road through town, so it was backed right up and causing mayhem.”
Sandy suggested that one problem could be a lack of available disabled parking near the market.
She said: “It’s just frustrating because obviously some of the market car park is still used for car parking on a Wednesday.
“And it just seems a shame that there is not disabled parking in there because obviously those people cannot walk to the market and want somewhere to park that’s near.”
Sandy said she did not want to come across as having a go at disabled people and it was obviously only a very small minority of disabled motorists that were causing the problem.
However, she said it was probable that minority were doing so because they did not want to pay for parking in the market like everyone else.
Sandy said: “Obviously some of them seem to think they can park where they want to because nobody stops them from doing it.”
She said she loved living in the town and was a big fan of the market and did not want to see these parking issues ruining people’s experience in Dorchester.
Sandy added that the dangerous locations that some of the motorists parked in could also increase the risk of accidents.
She said: “It would be sad if you had an accident there and nobody had spoken up about it.”
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