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More police patrols to stop motorists parking on crossing
LOCAL police will be stepping up patrols to try and stop motorists parking illegally by a pedestrian crossing in Charmouth.
Police have received complaints about motorists parking on the zig-zag opposite the post office.
It is part of the county-wide No Excuses campaign launched by Dorset Police in January. It aims to reduce the numbers of people killed or seriously injured due to road offences.
PCSO Kirsti Ball, from the Lyme Regis Safer Neighbour-hood team, said: “Motorists are parking on the zig-zag lines which restrict the view for people using the crossing.
“It’s right opposite a junction which hinders people turning on to the road and also causes an obstruction to cars travelling down the road.
“It is just sheer laziness that people park there and there is no excuse for people to say that they were only there for a minute as they just popped into the shop.”
PCSO Ball said the Highway Code states it is an offence to park on the zig-zag lines, and if they catch people parking there, they will issue a £100 fine and add three penalty points to their licence.
PCSO Ball added: “We’ve received a lot of complaints about this offence and it has to stop because it is dangerous and residents are also supporting us.
“When we have been called out there in the past and have had to issue a fine and points, people have congratulated us on taking a tough stance and have said they are glad we are doing it because it happens every day.”
Dorset Police said they will issue a fixed penalty ticket to anyone found parking on the crossing or zig-zags. They will also target anybody committing driving offences including: using a mobile phone; not wearing a seatbelt; speeding; and driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs.
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