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Police crackdown on illegal parking in Charmouth
LOCAL police will be stepping up patrols to try and stop motorists parking illegally by a pedestrian crossing in Charmouth.
Police have received a large number of complaints from residents and businesses in the area about motorists parking on the zigzag opposite the Post Office.
It is part of the county wide No Excuses campaign which was launched by Dorset Police in January this year.
It aims to achieve a greater reduction in the number of people killed or seriously injured due to road offences. PCSO Kirsti Ball, from the Lyme Regis Safer Neighbourhood team, said: “Motorists are parking on the actual zigzag lines which restrict the view of the road for motorists and pedestrians who wish to use the crossing.
“It is right opposite a junction, which hinders people turning onto the road and also causes an obstruction to cars travelling down the road.
“When we have caught people doing this before, they use the excuse that they were just popping into the shops and were only there for a few minutes.
“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 in to the shop.”
PCSO Ball said the Highway Code states it is an illegal offence to park on the zigzag lines, and if they catch people parking there, they will issue a £100 fine and add three penalty points to the licence.
PCSO Ball added: “We have 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 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.
“Zigzags are there for a very important reason, to enable a clear view of the traffic lights and crossing and for any pedestrians that may be trying to cross the road.”
Dorset Police said they are committed to their No Excuses campaign and will issue a fixed penalty ticket to anyone found parking on the crossing or zigzags.
They will also issue a ticket to anybody committing other offences, including the ‘Fatal Four’: using a mobile phone; not wearing a seatbelt; speeding; and driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs.