Driving Sunderland car parkers off the pavements

Police have teamed up with the Royal Institute of Blind People to help put a stop to drivers parking on pavements.''PC Colin Murrison with a car parked on the pavement in Hendon.
Police have teamed up with the Royal Institute of Blind People to help put a stop to drivers parking on pavements.''PC Colin Murrison with a car parked on the pavement in Hendon.
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POLICE are helping to drive problem parkers off pavements.

Officers have joined forces with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) after residents raised concerns about cars being parked on the pavement in Corporation Road, Hendon, and surrounding areas, making it difficult for pedestrians to walk down the road.

And after being contacted by a RNIB campaigner, police are helping to raise awareness of the impact of inconsiderate parking.

Sergeant Ged Fairclough, who covers the area, said: “Inconsiderate parking is not just a nuisance to other road users and pedestrians, it’s also a safety issue.

“A car parked on the pavement can make it difficult for pedestrians to walk down, meaning they either have to go a different way or walk on the road, and clearly walking on the road isn’t safe.

“We want people to be considerate. If they are parking on the pavement make sure there is enough room for pedestrians to get passed and likewise if they’re parking on the road they need to make sure other vehicles can get through safely.

“If motorists are causing an obstruction they are breaking the law and could face a fine.

“Officers will be carrying out regular patrols in the area to make sure drivers are parking legally.”

Henri Murison, RNIB regional campaigns officer, added: “People who park on pavements in most cases do not do it maliciously, they simply haven’t thought about the possible consequences of their actions.

“We hope this campaign will make people more aware of how their actions could impact on the lives of others and hopefully make them think twice.”

For details, visit www.northumbria.police.uk