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Sunday Morning Pet Peeve


Lately, there seems to be a lot of people who don’t believe the sign posted in front of Giant Eagle at Jamestown Plaza. It simply states, “No Parking Fire Lane'” but there they are, lined up two or three at a time as if the instruction is for others and not them.

I’ve come to believe that those who ignore the “No Parking Fire Lane” are the same people who would roll through stop signs, try to beat a changing traffic light and park in a handicapped parking space without a handicapped sticker. They have no respect for others.

At first it may seem like “no big deal” parking in a “Fire Lane” but when you really get to the heart of the matter, those who park in that lane have no respect for other’s lives. In case of a fire their cars and vans would be blocking the entrance and maybe lives would be lost. If an ambulance needed to be called, their vehicle would impede access for the paramedics.

Many times I see children in the cars parked in those lanes and wonder what sort of message does it send to them about obeying the rules and/or following instructions? The same thing can be said for those who roll by a stop sign or race to beat that changing yellow light. I’d like to hear what they tell their children, “…do as I say not as I do” or “…it’s ok as long as you don’t get caught”, whatever they are saying, it’s obvious that respect for others isn’t in the conversation.

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