Thursday, December 4, 2008

Traffic Woes

The traffic at Moose's school has been awful since Snake was in kindergarten there. There are parents who park in the disabled hash-marks area, and get pissy if someone with a disabled placard asks them to move. ( What is it with Camaro drivers???) The cars are so backed up on the road people drive on the wrong side just to get past the school. And I don't know how many times I've seem kids almost get hit while they were walking in the crosswalk!!!

So one afternoon when I went to get Moose and saw the same waste of oxygen parked in the hash-marks for the third day in a row, I called our police department and let them know he was there. I also told them about the other craziness as well. Then I walked off to wait for my little guy.

After school let out and we were walking to the car, what did we see? A traffic enforcement truck, and a man in a uniform telling people they couldn't park in the red zones, the jerk in the Camaro had been told to move and not park there any more, and people were told to circle around the block and come back for their kid.

They have been back several days since the first, and when I spoke with one of them, he said he didn't believe how bad it was. It's gotten much better, the parents see him standing there with his "Traffic Enforcement" truck parked down the street and they just continue on around the block.

The funniest thing that's happened so far happened yesterday. A woman was in the lane across from the school and was right in front of me. She stopped and motioned for her child to run across the street to her car, like she has him do every day. He just looked at her, and with a panicked voice yelled to her, "I can't mom, there's a policeman there!!!".

Even he had to laugh about that.

And the mom who is up for Parent Of The Year? She actually pulled into the parking lot to get her kid for a change.


Officer "Smith" said...

Only problem is that it will go right back to the old way as soon as the officer doesn't show up for a few days.

Don't ask me how I know this.

Front Porch Society said...

Nicely done! :)
Unfortunately, Mr Smith has a point...but maybe the officer will be sporadic enough that parents will have to just obey the law because they never know when he might be there!

Mrs. "Smith" said...

So I call again. I'm not worried about it.