Traffic issues at Arab Primary are back, officers say worse than last year

Northeast Alabama
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ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) -- Last year Arab Police were dealing with some traffic issues at the city's schools; this year officers say the issues have increased and they're working to find a solution.

"We're having some major issues right around the schools and the main thing is parking and pick up in the afternoon," Assistant Chief Shane Washburn explains.

The main trouble spot is Arab Primary School.

Essentially, officers say like last year, parents are parking on the road while they wait for school to get out. But this year officers say is worse than last, with cars parking on a different road this time - a road that is a cut-though and leads to a major thoroughfare. "They've moved from Mimosa and now they're parking on 10th, which is backing the traffic up all the way down to Main Street and then backing it up down Main Street, which is causing a very dangerous situation," Washburn explains.

Officers say that's causing a bad traffic jam on one of the city's busiest roads.

The department is asking for families to review the school's policy for pickups. "Don't get there so early, get there closer to when the bell rings," Washburn says, "Please don't park on the roadway. It is unlawful to park on the roadway."

The department has officers stationed at the problem areas, but say they don't want to resort to ticketing; they just want families to understand the rules.

Washburn says they have heard from multiple residents in those problem areas who get blocked out of their driveways by cars waiting in line.

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