Who knew parents weren’t supposed to park right in front of the school? Like, where those yellow lines are.
I’ve done it, though not this year. Have you? Glen Ridge parent Julie Coe writes this to us:
I would like to express my frustration with the Glen Ridge Police Department. They are now waiting outside Linden School at drop off and pick up ticketing the moms.
We pay extremely high taxes are are not provided any busing to our schools, thus, we have no choice but to drive. There are never enough parking spots close to the school, especially on a rainy day, and most are so full of pot holes that you can not park without a 4-wheel-drive vehicle. If a car is parked, it is rarely for more than five minutes to run the children into school.
I called Glen Ridge Police to get the lowdown on this sitch. Chief John Magnier told me only one ticket had been issued as of Wednesday evening in front of Linden school. “But we’ve been issuing warnings like we do every year, then we issue a ticket,” he said. “Usually, one person gets the summons, and everybody else gets the message.”
The main reason for the no parking rule is this: Emergency vehicles cannot get to the school if cars are parked in front of it. “People say they’ll only park for a minute, but then they chit chat,” Magnier adds. “There are designated areas at each school, usually right in front, where a parent pulls in, stays in the car, drops the kids off and drives away. If we keep a continuous flow, no problem.”
Chief Magnier told me his door is always open to people who want to talk tickets. If you make an appointment via email or phone (973) 748-5800, he’ll show you his tickets. “I get them, too,” he says.
This isn’t just an issue in Glen Ridge, of course. Parents everywhere have school-related parking woes. Have you stalled in the naughty zone in front of your kids’ school? Do you think you should be able to do it? Sound off below.