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Editorial: Save Lives … Follow Parking Rules

Once again, having just experienced a rash of very dangerous, and very illegal, parking “events” during the recent religious holidays, the Great Neck Record urges everyone to strictly follow parking, and no parking, rules all of the time … every single day. I save lives! Really!


The late Alan Gussack, former mayor of Great Neck Plaza, always admonished illegal parkers with the words ‘‘you park illegally, you could kill someone.’’ And he was so right.


Among a whole list of problems, an illegally parked car often blocks the view of the road and can thus be the direct cause of a deadly accident. It is just as dangerous, inconsiderate and plain rude, to encroach on or block driveways. 


And now here is a major, major selfish and highly dangerous parking trend --- blocking a fire hydrant. There is never ever an excuse for blocking a fire hydrant. Would anyone want to add to a blazing fire just to have a few less blocks to walk? Obviously, some people simply do not care.


There is always, always a reason for a ‘‘no parking’’ sign, a very valid reason. When an enticing, convenient ‘‘parking spot’’ has signage or road striping that clearly denotes no parking that really does mean no parking. If you stop ‘‘just for a minute’’ to shop and park illegally you are putting someone else’s life in danger. 


During certain religious holidays, some villages do lift time limits on legal parking spots, in order to accommodate those attending religious services. However, never ever does any village lift ‘‘no parking’’ restrictions. To do so would put drivers and pedestrians at risk. If the local authorities do not penalize illegal parkers, then they too are adding to the problem of putting all of our lives at risk.


So, please, do follow parking laws; do not park illegally. Park legally! All the time! Care about life!


Wendy Karpel Kreitzman