Some motorists in St. Clair Shores are getting an "F" in following parking rules in front of schools, and their penalty is not a trip to the office but a ticket from a police officer.
At schools across the city, signs that declare "no parking, stopping, standing" have been erected. These signs are intended to prevent parents from dropping their kids off across from the school, and having the students run across the street, according to police.
But since the beginning of the school year, parents and guardians have been ignoring the signs and officers are responding.
"We have been having a lot of issues with parking issues around the schools this fall," said St. Clair Shores Police Lt. Steve Lambert, who joins parents in their concern about a child getting hit by a car. "Officers are stepping up enforcement."
Lambert added that the department is getting complaints from across the city, and officers are issuing violations to motorists who do not follow the "no parking, stopping, standing" signs. Those who do not follow the signs, face a $20 ticket.
"We are are asking for compliance from the parents," Lambert said.
The increased enforcement led to a lively discussion on the Patch Facebook page.
Izabela Lipski wrote, "If people would cooperate and follow the rules, it would be much easier for everyone. Residents who live on Violet and Evergreen are punished enough, that we can't park on the street."
Another reader, Karla Chambe, wrote, "It would be nice if they would give tickets it never stops. People think that the sign is for everyone else except them!"