'Considerate Parking Initiative' launched in Carlow by Gardaí and the local authority

'Think Before You Park'

Darren Hassett

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A picture of an abandoned car recently

Carlow County Council in conjunction with Carlow Gardaí are calling on motorists to be "more considerate when parking their cars and to avoid such behaviours that cause danger or inconvenience to others".

It comes after a recent incident where a Carlow resident of Green Road estate, who did not wish to be named, hit out at abandoned cars in the area - one of which parked across their driveway (pictured above). 

While not necessarily illegal or in contravention of existing traffic regulations, inconsiderate parking can inconvenience other motorists and pedestrians and in some cases, can be dangerous.

Such inconsiderate parking can also be a major cause of traffic disruption.

The aim of "Considerate Parking Initiative" is to make motorists understand the consequences of their actions, encourage them to alter their parking habits and think before they park.  

Finding a parking space can be tricky, "but it’s no excuse to park inconsiderately or dangerously".

Cllr Andrea Dalton has spearheaded the campaign for safer parking and recently called on the Council to publish parking guidelines for motorists. 

Drivers must remember that parents with buggies and wheelchair users need to be able to use the pavement. There’s also the danger that bad parking can create a blind spot or obstruct sightlines, especially when parked near a junction.

So when you park your car, please:

Do not park in restricted areas including on yellow lines or bends.
Do not park too near to junctions creating a blind spot.
Park in such a way that you leave enough space for all pedestrians to pass including people with buggies, people with visual impairment, people in wheelchairs.
Do not park across or too close to driveways, blocking access and making it difficult for people to exit or enter their own property.  Please be mindful that some person might need more space to manoeuvre their car out of their driveway safely so leave adequate space either side of a driveway.
When entering a residential area to park, please be conscious of your speed.  There is always the risk of a child running out between parked cars in residential areas.
The next time you park your car, think before you park and keep the above points in mind.