Wednesday, March 21, 2012

TAKE YOUR TIME IN SCHOOL PARKING LOTS

Nothing like a blizzard of wet snow to remind you that it is the first of Spring!

I  take my lunch hour from 2:30 to 3:30 to facilitate the pick-up and delivery of the boys from Virginia Park Elementary, St. Paul's Jr. High and Mary Queen of Peace. It makes for a hectic 60 minutes with impatient parents on school parking lots and traffic on the parkway. Throw in some driving snow and  my well coordinated plans fail to execute.

The vast majority of parents doing pick-ups are in the same boat. We are all in a rush to get our children to daycare, the grandparents, home, swimming, Max or some other after school activity, and get back to work!

You can feel the tension as everyone's schedule gets delayed because of the congestion in the paring lot. Civility goes first, people desperate to make up time start cutting each other off, park in fire lanes, drive over pedestrian crossings, park in disabled spots, stop following the parking lot rules and speeding as parents, and other commuters, try to make up for lost time associated with the congestion. The result, we all come back to work stressed and frustrated, not to mention the safety hazards created on the drive.

Seriously, an extra 30s to a minute is not worth the aggravation. Call your boss and tell them that you are going to be delayed. It might prevent an accident.

The risks  rushing poses to the safety of the students, teachers, parents, residents, and motorists is just not worth it. 

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